More TSB scammers face court

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 15:18 18/09/2012

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More scammers who took advantage of a nationwide TSB Bank software glitch will be prosecuted, the bank says.

The fault was revealed last week when an 18-year-old New Plymouth man, Jormah Martin aka Ewington, was jailed after he discovered the blunder and illegally withdrew $31,500 from various ATMs in the city over two days in early August.

More court cases involving other people who allegedly did the same were pending, the bank's chief executive Kevin Murphy confirmed.

Murphy declined to comment further, saying the cases were yet to be dealt with through the justice system.

However, he did say the fraudulent withdrawals had mostly occurred within Taranaki.

The fault allowed other banks' customers using TSB cash machines to withdraw unlimited amounts for their accounts.

The fault was discovered and rectified.

In Martin's case, the bank discovered he had used his own ANZ bank account 20 times on August 7 at the Caltex petrol station, Westown and New Plymouth City TSB cash machines. In eight hours, Martin withdrew $2980.

On August 8, Martin used the same card 33 times to make fraudulent withdrawals totalling $28,520, visiting Caltex petrol station, Westown, Moturoa and Merrilands TSB ATMs within 14 hours. In each case he was caught on CCTV footage.

On Friday, Martin was sentenced to 21 months' jail after being given credit for his guilty plea. Only a small amount of the stolen money was returned to the bank.

Martin had earlier been jailed for an extensive Trade Me scam.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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