Court gives ATM heist suspects five years in prison

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/01/25
By: Wang Yang-yu, Liu Shih-yi and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) The Taipei District Court on Wednesday sentenced three

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suspects in the theft of more than NT$80 million (US$2.56 million) from First Bank ATMs in July 2016 to five years in prison each and fined them NT$600,000.

Prosecutors said they respected the court’s decision and will decide whether to file an appeal, after the sentence fell far short of the jail time they had sought.

The three suspects did not immediately comment on the verdict but had previously said they would appeal it if found guilty.

Peregudovs Andrejs from Latvia, the alleged mastermind behind the bank heist, Romanian Colibaba Mihail and Moldovan Niklae Penkov were indicted in September 2016 on charges of stealing more than NT$83.27 million from First Bank ATMs around July 10 last year.    [FULL  STORY]

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