Three Nigerians who used fake visa cards to withdraw various sums of monies of some individuals on Automated machines of some banks were on Thursday remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court.
The three: Tony Anderson, Kelvin Benedict Adesida both businessmen, Senu Okhor, a student have been charged with conspiracy to steal, stealing, attempt to commit crime, unauthorised access to device for the purpose of crime and unauthorised circumvention.
They have pleaded not guilty before the court presided over Mr Francis Obiri.
The court declined bail application saying it was granting the Police time to conduct further investigations into the matter.
They are expected to reappear on December 18. Meanwhile an accomplice Charles Oladipupo Smith is at large.
Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aidan Dery told the court that the complainants were Nana Addo Ampem Darko a fraud analyst with Barclays bank Ghana Limited and Yaseer Omar, a retail manager at Isalat Sumsung Mobile Phones Distributors Limited in Accra.
DSP Dery said the accused persons reside in Accra without any fix places of abode. During the month of November this year, the accused persons unlawfully mounted an electronic device on the Spintex Road Branch of the Barclays Bank automated machine and succeeded in stealing information on visa cards of customers.
According to DSP Dery they also use these information to build fraudulent visa cards for some criminal activities.
On November 23, this year, the accused persons used some of the fraudulent visa cards to purchase five Sumsung Note three (3) mobile phones valued GH 9,500 cedis from Isalat Sumsung Mobile Phone Distributors at Accra Shopping Mall and used the fake visa cards to pay for them.
Also, prosecution said the accused persons on November 26, this year, went to Osu branch of Isalat and attempted to buy 13 Sumsung Note three phones valued at GH 22,425 and they paid with fake visa cards.
The manager at the shop suspected the transaction by the accused persons to be fraudulent, hence he informed the Police who managed to arrest three of them but Smith escaped.
Prosecution said efforts were being made to apprehend Smith.
Source: Ghana News Agency