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Ukraine: a scammer detained

Date: August 23, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Dmitri Kramarenko

Sevastopol, Ukraine -- Law enforcement officers detained a man, 31, who has appropriated about 40,000 UAH ($9,000) using computer facilities and financial documents for several months.

Police reported the scammer acted as a canvasser, came to shops, received accounts, and then presented counterfeit letters of authority toreceive goods and copies of payment orders stamped by the bank. At that, he used names of real or fictitious local entrepreneurs. He obtained goods and then it appeared that there were no money for the sold items on the bank accounts.

According to police, it took several months to arrest the scammer as he absconded in different places. The criminal was nabbed red-handed in the room of the luxurious hotel having real evidence -- counterfeit financial documents, corresponding software and so on. A criminal case has been instigated under article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (fraud). Presently, the investigation possesses evidence proving criminal's involvement in 27 frauds in Sevaspotol and some other cities. He was charged on 23 counts of fraud. The detainee served sentence for fraud earlier.

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