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More foreigners, bankers involved

Update : 22 Feb 2016, 07:22 PM

Police yesterday arrested a foreigner and three local bank officials in Dhaka in connection with the recent ATM card forgery.

Investigators suspect that two more foreigners and several other local bankers could have also had a hand to play with the recent ATM card forgery scam.

Police’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Monirul Islam, head of the newly formed Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit, said these in a press briefing after arresting the four suspected debit card forgers yesterday.

The other suspected bankers mainly work in the information technology (IT) or card divisions of a number of private commercial banks.

The passport seized from the foreigner’s possession shows he is Piotr Szczepan Mazurek, who came to Bangladesh with the Polish passport on business visa a year ago. The three bank officials are Maksud, Rezaul Karim Shahin and Refaz Ahmed Roni – all from the City Bank’s card division.

They were shown arrested in the case filed by the United Commercial Bank Limited with the Banani police station in Dhaka on February 14. Later, a Dhaka court granted police six days’ remand for each of them.

Investigators also seized a German identity card from Piotr that has a different name. In primary quizzing, Piotr said two other foreign nationals were part of the racket but have left the country before the scam came to air on February 12.

Police did not give the full details of the suspected foreigners but said they were from Romania and Spain.

Piotr came to Bangladesh as a manpower businessman and has sent a number of people to the Eastern European countries. He came to Bangladesh on December 13, 2014 on a one-year business visa.

At first he used to live in a hotel named “Holiday Planet.” A couple of months into his stay in Bangladesh, he married the receptionist of the hotel and moved in with her. They had their first baby boy just seven days ago.

He has been involved with card forgery under the cover of his manpower business.

In the past, he has forged credit cards belonging to people living abroad. This is the first time he has forged cards belonging to local people, police said.

“An estimated Tk20 lakh is claimed to have been withdrawn using forged local cards. But we still are not sure how much cash was withdrawn using forged international cards,” said DIG Monirul.

Sources said that police had also learned that Piotr is wanted in Rumania, Russia and Bulgaria for similar crime. 

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