Eftpos scammers plead guilty
Four men have pleaded guilty to being part of an Easter weekend Eftpos card "skimming" scam.
William Rivera Rivas, Mario Rivera, Sina Chea and Kevin Roberto Flores-Roldan pleaded guilty in the Auckland District Court this morning to charges of using a document to gain a pecuniary advantage and participation in an organised criminal group.
Police have said all four are from Canada though their charge sheets list only one, 27-year-old Flores-Rodan, as being Canadian.
Rivera-Rivas, 27, was listed as a factory hand born in El Salvador, as was Rivera, 31.
Chea, 40, was listed as a cook from Cambodia.
The "documents" listed on the charge sheets were 10 PIN entry devices, made by the company VeriFone, valued at $621 each.
The charges relate to a bank scam in which dozens lost thousands of dollars over the Easter weekend from withdrawals made via a Canadian ATM machine. The scam hit customers at BNZ, Westpac and ASB.
The money was never recovered.
The group have been remanded in custody until sentencing in February.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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