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Abracadabra and the Bulgarian Thief Goes Free

Bali Court Delivers Very Light Slap on the Wrist to a Bulgarian Caught for a Month-long Skimming Data Spree from ATM Machines

An extremely lenient sentence was handed down by the Court in Bali to Bulgarian Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov (30) who was punished with only 8 months in prison for skimming and defrauding a BNI ATM in Ubud.

As reported by Beritabali.com, the Bulgarian was charged under the 2007 Law on Information and Electronic Transactions (Section 30, sub-section I). While a violation of that section of the law provides for a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a fine of Rp. 600 million, State Prosecutors only asked the court to punish the man with one year in prison, a sentence that was reduced even further to only eight months by the panel of judges.

With the sentence reduced for time served since his arrest in late August 2019 and in accordance with Indonesian sentencing rules, Ivanov will in all probability walk free in a few weeks’ time.

Unsurprisingly, Ivanov immediately signaled to the Court that he would accept and not appeal the sentence meted out by the judges. Prosecutors, at their option, have one week to appeal the sentence and seek a higher punishment.

During the trial, evidence was presented showing that Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov was involved in a series of skimming operations against ATM machine for nearly one month between August 2 and August 31, 2019. His crime spree came to an end on August 28th when a patrol team from the BNI Bank discovered a skimming device installed on two BNI ATMs located at the Restoran Bebik Bengil on Jalan Hanoman and Child’s Clothes & Toys on Jalan Monkey Forest. The skimming devices were comprised of miniature cameras that recorded PIN numbers being input by BNI customers.

On August 31, 2019, at 3:00 am police, who had the machines under surveillance, saw Ivanov drive a Suzuki Splash to the ATM located at the Restoran Bebek Bengil.

Ivanov told the Court that he was working under the instructions of a Russian colleague, named Oleg, who had promised between Euro 150 and Euro 200 for each ATM at which he installed skimming devices.

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