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3 Farmers Arrested For Skimming ATM Machines In Bali

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Three men from Dompu, West Nusa Tenggara have been arrested and could possibly face 2.5 years imprisonment for skimming several different ATM’s in Bali.

The Prosecutor from District Attorney, Made Dipa Umbara confirmed that the men who’ve been identified as Junaidin (aged 36), Alamsyah (aged 29) and Miska (26) were arrested and have attended their first virtual trial on Wednesday (26/5). “The men who previously worked as farmers in their hometown were proven guilty for skimming several ATM machines from different banks around Bali.” Umbara said on Wednesday (26/5).

During the interrogation, the suspects admitted that they were told to execute these illegal activities by a man who has yet to be identified by police. “The mystery man gave them dozens of cards that were filled with the data from the banks, and then used them to withdraw cash from ATMs.” Umbara added. They also admitted that they were paid USD 345 (IDR 5 million) per person for each completed job. During the trial, the Prosecutor demanded the Judges to sentence the suspects with 2.5 years of imprisonment on top of a USD 3,450 (IDR 50 million) fine for each suspect. After hearing the demand from the Prosecutor, one of the suspects named Junaedi asked the Judges that was led by I Putu Sayoga for leniency towards their sentencing.

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Prior to the arrest, the suspects arrived in Denpasar on January 22nd 2021 after taking a bus ride from their hometown in Dompu. During their operation, the suspects have been staying at Oyo Hotel 2688 Guntur that is located on Jalan Gatsu Timur Number 22, Denpasar. As a result of their illegal activities, the banks claimed that they have lost around USD 3,900 (IDR 56,5 million) from the incident. “This is very unusual, as most of the suspects who were arrested from similar cases were from Eastern Europe. An investigation to find the man behind these people is still underway.” Sayoga concluded.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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