Scam – threats used to earn money

This news was collected from http://www.iol.pt and translated into English by the Word automatic Translation service. I thought it would be of major importance, in a moment when a young man, Gary McKinnon, is on trial and in risk of being extradited to the USA for accessing the US Navy and Nasa computers during 2001 and 2002, and sentenced to circa 70 years in jail. What’s the difference between the two stories, which we must pay attention to? This criminal below does not suffer from Asperger syndrome, is complimented as “brilliant” in this example of the Press and won’t be extradited to the USA.

In Portugal, the maximum verdict for the use of the Internet in the preparation of Terrorism is of six months and the maximum condemnation for any kind of crime is of 25 years. A parole is granted at half of the sentence for good behaviour.

“Title: “Brilliant” criminal extorted 190 thousand euro by telephone

Subtitle: MP accuses young that threatened to blow up bombs in offices in U.S.A., Holland, Denmark and the United kingdom

A Portuguese-American citizen, about 30 years old, and seven familiar and friends of that one, had been accused by the Public prosecution service of Coimbra for 27 crimes of qualified extortion, 27 of aggravated scam and one of money laundry in a case where terrorist threats had been used.

In accordance with a note of the Office of the general attorney of the Republic, the main suspect telephoned, from Portugal, to companies where financial services of the Western Union or the Moneygram functioned, situated in U.S.A., the United kingdom, Holland and Denmark, under the threat of deflagration of explosive devices or appealing to “other deceiving expedients”, obtaining to take the electronic to effectuate transferences having addressees of relatives and friends of the criminal.

In the total they will have been transferred 190 thousand euro, in tranches of 400, 500, a thousand euro, 1500 and up to three thousand euro. The contacts were made, namely, through the Skype.

He reported technical problems and presented himself as fired former-employee

The suspect presented himself, sometimes, as an employee of the technical support of the Western Union, informing that the system evidenced functioning deficiencies and taking the entities to do ”test” transferences.

In another case, he alleged to be a former employee of the company, threatening to blow up a bomb, as retaliation, if the requested sum wasn’t deposited where he indicated.

Another judicial source detaches the “extraordinary” knowledge of computer science of the accused, resident in the zone of Viseu, that acted in a “brilliant” way, showing a deep knowledge of the places where he called to, namely with resource to the Google Earth.

The fact of dominating perfectly the English language, since he lived in the U.S.A., helped to make the threats credible. The suspect did not have professional occupation. “He was too much smart to work”, spoke ironically a heard source. The suspect, who initiated his criminal activity in 2007, and who resides in Portugal since 2003, is in preventive custody, since June of the last year. The American authorities asked for his extradition, and it was refused because Portuguese justice does not extradite nationals.

On the other hand, the Public prosecution service is going to investigate in Portugal the participation of the accused in the assault to a bank in Miami.

Witnesses heard by videoconference, from Hawaii

In accordance with a note from the Office of the general attorney of the Republic, the inquiry was directed by the National Unit against Terrorism of the PJ.

The remaining accused are liable to measures of coercion which do not include prison. Direct sources of the Public prosecution service detached the great cooperation of the North American authorities who allowed the inquiry for future memory of 20 witnesses by videoconference, some from Hawaii.”

Protected source, 09-06-2009 15: 57

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