5 French nationals arrested in Pattaya ATM scam

Friday, 20 September 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By  Boonlua Chatree

Five French nationals were arrested for allegedly using counterfeit electronic cards to rob millions of baht from Pattaya automated teller machines.

Siam Commercial Bank fraud officials notified police Sept. 11 that their machines were being looted by foreigners using cards bearing numbers of bank customers from around the world.

Using security camera photos supplied by the bank, police staked out a number of Pattaya machines until capturing Mohamed Hebbache, 22, with 10 fake cards. He took police back to his hotel on Thappraya Road where investigators found another 132 cards.

Three of the 5 French nationals arrested in Pattaya ATM scam chained up awaiting interrogation.Three of the 5 French nationals arrested in Pattaya ATM scam chained up awaiting interrogation.

Under interrogation, Hebbache gave up the name of four other French citizens and their whereabouts.

Following the leads, police arrested Abdelkader Elhaci, 32, at his hotel with 148 cards. Beuadeilah Slami, 38, was rounded up at an ATM on South Road. Police said he tried to flee police, who discovered 10 counterfeit cards on him.

Slami, in turn, pointed officers back to the same hotel as Hebbache to apprehend the last two suspects, Clement Simon, 25, with 44 electronic cards; and Djilati Boudjelal, 30, with 50 cards.

Police confiscated the 384 cards and slapped the five with a myriad of fraud and theft charges.

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2 comments

  • Comment Link Monday, 23 September 2013 00:34 posted by micky

    herehere marc why do we let this trash into our countries

  • Comment Link Friday, 20 September 2013 16:41 posted by Marc

    When we refer to British national in today's world its usually someone of Indian or Pak origin. When we refer to French national in today's world its usually someone of Magred or African origin. The world is a mess with people planting generational old bad habits to new countries they call home.

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