Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Skimmer ,Cya Soldier'; Man on Fraud Charges Working for Big Players

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Skimmer ,Cya Soldier'; Man on Fraud Charges Working for Big Players

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Byline: Tony bartlett of aap

A ROMANIAN man charged over a major credit card-skimming operation in South-East Queensland told police he was just a soldier working for much bigger players, a court heard yesterday.

Two Romanian men remained in custody after appearing in Southport Magistrates Court on a string of charges relating to credit card skimming on the Gold Coast and across Brisbane.

Mircea Flutur, 29, and Alexandru Stroia, 26, were arrested after police raided a unit at Mermaid Beach on Wednesday.

Police prosecutor Greg McKenzie told the court officers found $7500 cash, ATM skimming devices, a number of mobile phones, and electronic equipment and tools used to make the devices.

Documents had also been seized showing Stroia had transferred large amounts of money overseas.

Senior Constable McKenzie said Stroia had been seen driving a silver Toyota Landcruiser with the personalised numberplates ZVER, which in Russian means "animal". …

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