The notorious Thomas Peter gang has allegedly arrogated millions from different ATM booths across the country over the last 15 months. The police are probing the matter and suspect that around fifty other people are involved in this case. Meanwhile, TK 35 lakhs have been stolen from five different bank accounts of foreign nationals. All of them were customers of Al-Rajhi Bank. Investigators have said that they are sure that there are others involved in this case.
Additional Deputy Police Commissioner of DMP and chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit, Monirul Islam has told the press that around 50 or so individuals from banks, music industry, and restaurant industry have been involved with the fraud from the very beginning. Four bank officials have already been arrested in connection with the fraud.
Monirul Islam has said that the arrested bank officials have not revealed all the names. Most of the information has come from peter, he also added. Police have interrogated three or four people based on the information provided. Very recently, customer information have been stolen using scheming devices installed at various ATM booths of Eastern Bank Ltd, City Bank Ltd. and United Commercial Bank Ltd. at different locations of the city. After receiving complaints from the Banks, DB investigators have begun to probe.
According to sources Peter has been siphoning off money using POS machines from credit cards. They have been stealing credit card information using hidden cameras for over a year. Later, they would clone that card using those information.
The German citizen, Piotr Szczepan Mazurek who also goes by the name Thomas Peter used a Polish passport to visit Bangladesh, said Nazmul Alam, Deputy Commissioner of detective branch of the police.
“A Polish passport and a German national identity card were seized from the foreign national,” he said adding that the persons were arrested after checking footage of close circuit cameras installed at the ATM booths.
Three other Bangladeshis are identified as Maksed alias Maksud, Rezaul Karim alias Shaheen, and Refaz Ahmed alias Rony. They are employees of City Bank Limited.