2 Bulgarians Handed 6-Year Jail Terms for Skimming Scam in Philippines
Two Bulgarian nationals have been sentenced to six years of imprisonment for installing a skimming device at an ATM in a shopping center in province of Pampanga in the Philippines.
A spokesperson for the Philippine National Police, as cited by local media outlets and the BGNES news agency, said that the Angeles City Regional Court had sentenced Emil Stoyanov Mladenov and Lyuben Georgiev Kanev to six years and three months in jail.
The case ended quickly after the two Bulgarians pleaded guilty to the lesser of the two charges.
Apart from that, the court imposed a fine of PHP 20 000 on Kanev and Mladenov.
The lawsuit was opened after the two were arrested by cybercrime police while installing a skimming device at an ATM in a shopping center on May 15.
The Philippine National Police are investigating the possible participation of the two Bulgarians in an international ATM skimming ring and possible links of the two to a Romanian who had been arrested in the same operation of February 2014.
The two Bulgarians are currently in the prison in Pampanga.
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