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Case involving Romanian alleged of card scamming collapses

Published:Friday | July 28, 2017 | 7:20 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The trial of the Romanian man who was held in connection with the seizure of nearly 150 bank cards in St Andrew this year has collapsed.

Claudio Precup was freed of possession of identity information in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston after prosecutors indicated that they were offering no evidence against him.

The trial, which started on Monday, was discontinued yesterday after only two witnesses were called.

Precup was arrested in February after the owner of an apartment complex in St Andrew discovered 153 blank cards with magnetic strips in the unit he had rented and alerted the police.

It was alleged that the cards had information about customers at a financial institution.

However, according to Precup's attorney, Paul Wayne Gentles, the case collapsed after prosecutors acknowledged that the requisite elements to prove possession of the cards and to establish the identity of the alleged perpetrator were inadequate.

Gentles believes his client was arrested because Jamaican authorities felt pressured to do something about the prevalence of credit/debit card fraud involving foreigners.