Two Turkish nationals who have been detained for skimming ATM machines in Bali will potentially face 7 years of imprisonment.
A 31-year-old man named Emrah Kilivan and a 24-year-old man named Abdullah Erkam Mercan attended their virtual trial on Tuesday (31/8) and accepted the prosecutor’s charges without any exceptions. The prosecutor, Ida Ayu Ketut Sulasmi confirmed that both suspects were arrested by police from out front of an ATM that is located on Jalan Imam Bonjol, Denpasar on May 31st 2021, admitting that they were asked by someone (who is now considered a fugitive) to skim ATM machines by installing a devices to copy the victims’ personal information.
“They were told to do these illegal activities by an unknown suspect and were promised to receive USD 1,400 (IDR 20 million) in return.” Sulasmi said on Tuesday (31/8). An investigation about this case began when the police received a report from one of the private banks as they found devices that were allegedly used to skim their ATM machines. According to the security cameras, the suspects installed several devices such as hidden cameras and routers to gain access to the victims’ personal information from their cards.
After getting arrested, the officers continued their operation to search their place called Villa Ball Billy Village that is located in Canggu North Kuta and seized several pieces of evidence from their villa. “During the police search in their villa in Canggu, they seized more evidence such as 195 magnetic strip cards, a magnetic card writer, 2 LAN wires and 2 routers. Both suspects will face 7 years of imprisonment to be held responsible for these crimes.” Sulasmi concluded.
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