Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

COURT TOLD OF $22,000 RIP OFF; Couple Alleged to Have Spied on Auto Teller Users, Stolen Their Cards and Looted Their Accounts

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

COURT TOLD OF $22,000 RIP OFF; Couple Alleged to Have Spied on Auto Teller Users, Stolen Their Cards and Looted Their Accounts

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Byline: DAVID BANCROFT david.bancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

TWO Romanian tourists had ripped off close to $22,000 from unsuspecting shoppers in the Clarence and Coffs Harbour areas, the Grafton Local Court was told yesterday.

Margareta Dobrica, 34, and her boyfriend Nicu Lixandru, 26, appeared separately but briefly in court yesterday to face a total of 46 charges.

They were each charged with 16 counts of obtaining money by deception of amounts of less than $2000, five counts of larceny for amounts under $2000, one count each of dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime and one count each of stealing from a person.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between March 6 and March 24 this year and involved victims from the Grafton, Yamba and Coffs Harbour areas.

It is alleged that Dobrica and Lixandru would stand close to women as they used automatic teller machines or Eftpos facilities at stores and watch as they withdrew money or paid for items. …

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