Minsk Resident accused of theft of funds from foreigners’ bankcards
In the beginning of September, 2019, the Investigation Department of the Administration of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus in and for the city of Minsk initiated a criminal case on the fact of theft by using computer equipment.
A few days later the staff of the Office of High Technology Crime Detection of the Main Internal Affairs Directorate of Minsk City Executive Committee during operative-investigative activities detained the suspect – a 24-year-old man.
A few months ago, a resident of Minsk with the use of cryptocurrency purchased in one of the specialized stores on the Internet details of bank payment cards issued by banking institutions of the United States, Belgium, Israel, Britain and other countries.
According to the materials of the criminal case, the young man was engaged in sale of fuel at the price favorable to citizens. The essence of illegal activity was that while the cardholders did not even suspect that the money from their accounts were being stolen, the defendant, using mobile applications of the gas station, inserted foreign citizens’ card data and purchased fuel. The young man sold this fuel both to the acquaintances, and ordinary citizens.
From June to August 2019, by unauthorized access to card accounts, the young man stole money in the amount of more than 24 thousand rubles, and tried to steal more than 30 thousand rubles.
The man was charged under part 1 of article 14, part 4 of article 212 of the Criminal code of the Republic of Belarus. Release on bail was applied to him. He pleaded guilty on all counts.
Also, in respect of the same man this year on September, 13, the Investigation Department of the Administration of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus in and for the city of Minsk initiated another criminal case. In a similar way, the man managed to steal money from foreigners’ card accounts in the amount of more than 60 thousand rubles in equivalent.
Investigators made a search in place of residence of the accused and his relatives, seized property worth more than 45 thousand rubles. Law enforcement authorities continue carrying out investigative actions and quickly-search actions for determining of other episodes of illegal activity of the accused, including payment of services of bike sharing and car sharing.