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Gang leader jailed for 11 years after making and distributing skimming devices

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A fraudster has been sentenced in his absence to 11 years in prison for a series of crimes, which saw him design skimming devices which stole data from cards and then distributing them to criminals across the world.

Alexandru Sovu, of Prospect Road, Reading, was sentenced yesterday (12/02) at Blackfriars Crown Court, following a four year investigation by officers from British Transport Police.

Sovu was charged with conspiracy to make and supply articles for use in fraud, possession of criminal property, transferring criminal property and failing to supply a password.

The 39-year-old was found guilty following a six week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, during which he then absconded and failed to turn up to court.

Also sentenced to prison was Anca Fuioaga, 37, of Lodge Lane, Romford, who was part of a wider organised gang.

Fuioaga was sentenced to two and a half years for conspiracy to making and supplying articles for fraud  and transferring criminal property.

The fraudulent activity which was led by Sovu saw a further six people sentenced last year to a total of 25 years in prison for building and distributing skimming devices to steal money from ticket machines and cash machines on London Underground and around the world.

The skimming devices that Sovu and the gang built and distributed could be plugged into any ticket or ATM machine, to record the card details of whoever used the machine.

They obtained bank card data from cards used at banks, travel terminals, London Underground stations and petrol pumps.

The group sold the devices and stolen card details to criminal associates around the world.

Detective Constable Terry Botten said: “This was a long and protracted investigation into Sovu and the gang he ran.

“He is a professional criminal and he ran a organised network that was living off criminal proceeds stolen from people around the world. The reality is their activity can and does have a marked impact on private individuals and financial establishments.

“This has been a lengthy investigation to unpick the group’s set-up and identify those involved, and I am pleased that they have now been sentenced and will serve prison sentences for their crimes."







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