Bulgarian caught in ATM skimming; police probes ties to crime gang
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — A 37-year-old Bulgarian national was arrested here Thursday night for ATM skimming, and charged on Friday for violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Senior Supt. Joel Consulta, Pampanga police provincial director, identified the suspect as Ivaylo Sashov Galabov, presently residing at DM Residente, Balibago, Angeles City.
Consulta said Galabov was caught while in the act of withdrawing money at a bank in Barangay San Agustin here.
Recovered from the foreign national were 100 fake or cloned ATM cards, one black wallet containing P2,100; one Honda Scoopy motorcycle; a Bulgarian driver?s license in his name; one HP laptop; one ATM card copier device; one ATM clone pad cover for camera installation; and $1,020 in cash.
A criminal case for violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 has been filed before the City Prosecutor?s Office.
Consulta said they were looking if Galabov has connections with international syndicates. He theorized that the suspect?s skimming activity was related to three Europeans arrested on July 24, 2017 at the same bank.
They had the same modus operandi and type of equipment, Consulta said, adding that Galabov?s case carries no bail. (PNA)