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February 27, 2018

Bulgarian charged over withdrawing money with use of fake ATM card

Suspect Mr Milen Atanasov.
Suspect Mr Milen Atanasov.

A BULGARIAN citizen was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of withdrawing money from several banks using fake ATM cards, police said yesterday.
An assistant manager at KBZ Bank’s ATM department retrieved two suspicious credit cards inside two ATM machines in Yangon’s Hledan Township, one of which included a Visa card.
On 8 November, a bank official launched an investigation against the Bulgarian at Kamayut Police Station, on the grounds that the Bulgarian national withdrew money using fake Visa, Maestro and Master cards.
Police captured the suspect at Yangon’s City Star Hotel on Thursday. He was caught in possession of 308 bank cards, an ATM receipt from Mandalay Mini-2 AGD Bank dated 4 December, an ATM receipt from Botahtaung KBZ Bank branch dated 10 December, an accessory for linking a computer with an ATM card, as well as English pound notes and more than K49.3 million.
During police interrogations, the suspect identified himself as Mr Milen Atanasov (TASEV), 36, from Bulgaria, who flew to Myanmar on a China Airlines flight on 3 November. While staying at the City Star Hotel in downtown Yangon, he withdrew more than K1.8 million over seven times using fake ATM cards in Hledan. On 24 November he allegedly went to Mandalay and withdrew further funds.
He is currently being questioned by police, who believe he may be involved in a financial crime consortium.


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