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Two Russians in court over ATM thefts

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Two Russian men were brought for trial today. Fresh News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court today tried two Russian drug users who allegedly used cloned cards to withdraw money from a string of ATMs in the capital.

Presiding Judge Khy Chhay identified the accused as tourists Alexandar Zametnaya, 31, and Ivan Telenkov, 30, who were charged with drug use and theft with aggravating circumstances. They face up to five years in jail if convicted.

Judge Chhay said the two were arrested at about 8pm on December 2 while allegedly trying to steal money from an ABA Bank ATM in Daun Penh district’s Srah Chak commune.

Deputy prosecutor Kol Bon said that the Russian men were arrested following police reports from several banks that foreigners were suspected of using cloned cards to withdraw money from their ATMs in the city.

“They were arrested with real evidence while they were using cloned cards to steal money from ABA’s ATM in Daun Penh district,” Mr Bon said.

“After their arrest, police seized $1,000 in stolen cash, several cloned ATM cards, two mobile phones and a laptop from them.”

Mr Bon said that both men also tested positive for drug use.

During today’s trial, the two accused denied stealing money, but confessed that they were drug users.


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