By: Wang Yang-yu and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) A Latvian suspect in a First Bank ATM theft case offered his apologies to the
Taiwanese people three times at a court hearing Wednesday, but claimed that he had not intended to commit any crime as he thought he was only helping friends to “take something” in Taiwan.
Andrejs Peregudovs and two others were indicted in September on charges of stealing more than NT$83 million (US$2.6 million) from First Bank ATMs around July 10.
Peregudovs was responsible for hiding some NT$50 million in a locker at Taipei Railway Station on July 13, from where Romanian Mihail Colibaba and Moldovan Noklae Penkov took the cash three days later, according to police investigators.
All three, who have been detained by Taiwan police since their arrest July 17, were charged with fraud and offenses against computer security, according to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, which is seeking prison terms of 12 years for each of them. [FULL STORY]