ATM skimming convict gets judical send off
A Bulgarian man who brought ATM skimming parts into the country was jailed yesterday, and given a send off by the judge.
Yulivan Kostadinov, 27, entered the country last month "to see a friend", with a bag full of devices that could be attached to cash machines to steal money from people's accounts.
In Manukau District Court his lawyer Paul Pati conceded Kostadinov had been "very, very reckless".
The man, who had been in custody since September 24, said he believed the items were actually parts for high performance cars.
"He thought they were for legitimate purposes but realises he made a very big mistake," Pati said.
In Bulgaria, Kostadinov was a purchaser for a medical supplies company and his lawyer said he had a number of tertiary qualifications and was "not a criminal per se".
He had a return ticket booked for November 1 and indicated through counsel he would rather use that than have the government fork out for his deportation.
But Judge Mark Perkins was not convinced his plea was totally selfless.
"People like you come here with these devices to steal money using the banking system and you're not welcome here," he said.
The judge did not believe the story about the car parts and sentenced him to three months in prison.
"I'm pleased to hear as soon as you've served your sentence you'll be deported from here," Judge Perkins said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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