Foreigner, 3 bank officials remanded over ATM card forgeries
A court here on Monday placed a Polish national and three officials of a Bangladeshi private bank, arrested in connection with ATM card forgeries, on a six-day remand each.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mazharul Islam passed the order when Sohrab Hossain, a DB sub-inspector and also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a 10-day remand for each. The court also rejected the bail petitions of the four. Earlier, DB police arrested Piotr Szczepan Mazurek alias Thomas, a Polish national, and three officials of City Bank — Moksed Al alias Maksud, Rezaul Karim alias Saheen, Refaz Ahmed alias Rony — from Gulshan area in the city on Sunday evening in connection with the recent ATM card forgeries. They detectives also seized an identity card provided by the Germen government and a passport from their possession. During a primary interrogation, Piotr said he was born in Ukraine and after stealing a passport, he changed his name as Piotr from his original name Thomas. He said he had a link with international forgery gang, said Monirul.
Piotr also informed that the international gang based in different East European countries — Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland and Africa — is also active in different countries of Asia and African, said Monirul.
Earlier, on February 12, the authorities of the United Commercial Bank (UCB) filed a case with Banani Police station as at least Tk 1.26 lakh was misappropriated through ATM card forgery recently.
On February 17, the DB claimed that a citizen of an Eastern European country was suspected to be involved in the ATM card forgeries as they had identified the faces of 4-5 foreigners from a video footage.