St. Lucian Customs help UK convict international fraudster

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St. Lucian Customs help UK convict international fraudster


St. Lucian law enforcement officials have been praised for the apprehension of a man who is described by United Kingdom (UK) authorities as an international bank card fraudster for having equipment used for stealing people’s card details from cash machines.

Jeff Emmanuel, 40, was nabbed shortly after arriving in St. Lucia from Gatwick Airport, according to a report in the Newham Recorder newspaper.

St. Lucian customs officers discovered an ATM skimmer, a device that fits over the card entry slot of a cash machine and steals customer card information, in Emmanuel’s luggage. They also found a laptop containing card skimming software.

The devices were passed on to officers in the UK who investigate such crimes. Eventually, Emmanuel was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the UK banking industry as he was about to board another flight to St Lucia from Gatwick Airport.

The Recorder reported that a search of Emmanuel’s home “revealed a package containing approximately 100 pre-pay gift cards. These cards, which have a magnetic strip on the back, are commonly used by fraudsters to create counterfeit bank cards using stolen data”.

Officers also found a piece of paper with timings and suspected PINs – thought to be the output from an ATM camera bar where skimming had taken place, according to The Recorder.

Emmanuel received a 17-month suspended sentence at the Old Bailey on September 22. He was also told to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £1,000.

DCI Perry Stokes, head of the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit, was quoted by The Recorder as saying: “This fraudster was discovered with all the equipment needed to steal card details and cash from unknown individuals. Thanks to the hard work of our officers, working alongside police in St. Lucia, we were able to prevent British bank customers from becoming fraud victims.”

Original article: http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/court-crime/manor_park_fraudster_receives_suspended_prison_sentence_1_3780721?usurv=skip 

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  1. Wam there , you've raised some valid and interesting points ! Trust me but you ought not to be surprise at the fact that no
    One took it on . They read all
    Right !

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  2. He's been doing that for so long. Most of VFort knows that, but at last he's BUSTED. His cronies should be mindful, for all the years of their activities will catch up one day. let's hope he leads them to the HEADS.

    U mean no one was aware that the cards were being used to withdraw cash at the ATM of our local banks? NO ONE KNEW??

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    • he has been caught MANY times before! This is NOT the first time! he keeps doing it because he knows that even though he does get got .. its like a petty crime ... the sentences are very light and the payoff from stealing other people's HARD EARNED money is heavy! you think $1000 is anything to him after he done stole thousands of other people's savings? SMH and the sad thing about it is after her get a big pay out ... he pays a ticket and goes to lucia for a few months JUST to be flashy and show off!N these retard women fall for it ... hence his 10 baby mothers! THese humans just a special kind of bred!

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  3. What is wrong with people only God can judge if you leaving in a glass house don't throw stones. People who knows him very well know he has a big heart not that am praising what he has done but this could be a wake up call for him. He has his kids so everyone deserves a second chance

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    • That is the exact reason he should not be involved in this, because he has kids. This was not the act of a desperate man trying to take care of his kids...this is mere greed. He is stealing from people who are working hard to support their own families. In my opinion the punishment does not fit the crime.

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    • That is the exact reason he should not be involved in this, because he has kids. This was not the act of a desperate man trying to take care of his kids...this is mere greed. He is stealing from people who are working hard to support their own families. In my opinion the punishment does not fit the crime.

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  4. Continue steering your course to total destruction. I didn't expect my comment to recieve any favorable responses but then again whats the use trying to educate apeople set in their barbaric ways. Civil Violence + Violence by the State = Destruction. A people doomed to fail for who can't hear will feel.

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  5. Wait which Jeff? Bosco? This is insane. Such a slap on the risk. Like England anyting goes. This is a felony in the USA! What sort of foolishness is this. Smh

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  6. UK justice for you. This man is laughing at them. Just knowing he is the worlds greatest boaster he must be sayiny they cant touch him etc etc. ppl like him gives law abiding citizens like me in the UK bad name.
    with all his is always broke and begging for money.

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  7. An international fraudster like him must have a contact in Saint Lucia. But we have handed over the man to the English without checking out what's going on at our end......shortcut jon. Choops.

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  8. BRAVO to the Customs officers on duty at Hewannorra Airport..But this dude was treating like he did nothing wrong by the UK..The punishment this guy GOT.. doesn't suit the crime he intended to do.WATCH OUT HE'LL BE BACK IN HIS 3 PCS SUIT THIS TIME..AS A BUSINESS MAN

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  9. good work my colleagues its high time the government pay attention to the customs department and provide them with the necessaries to do their job efficiently and effectively.

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  10. I am not condoning crime but a logical conversation can insure. St. Lucia is not an island which exist on the moon so i dont know why there is such indifference when countries treat people humanely. Banks defraud people everyday and particpate in white collar, insider trading crimes all over the world. They deprive millions of hard earned money. Africans have all types of schemes, defrauding millions in the UK. Huge companies sell personal information of persons even in St. Lucia and gain millions of dollars. What does the Court in the UK do? Are they going to crucify an individual for intending to do such a crime (may be considered minor due to ability of banks insurance to pay back), or demonstrate some linency considering the level of crimes perpetuated by financial institutions. I guess the myopic, babaric and slavery mentality way is to crucify him or cut of his hands. But luckily those people are more civilized and gives him a humane punishment.
    this can be for several reasons. Sometimes they monitor the individual to lead them to the original source especially if they know its a wider conspiracy. He can also be used by institutions for stengthening security, an idea which is used in the reform of computer hackers.

    Do you think that St. Lucia will ever become civilized and address the causes of crime rather than trying to kill their fellow citizens(sometimes innocent ones) just to say that a cime was solved? It may be an act of political expediency where the public has been so abused into beliving that such behavior by the state is necessary to send out a message. But why is nobody listening to this message? Ask yourself why you think that the more barbaric that the state gets the more crime becomes brutal? Then again we can always ask the UK who has been through these problems, why did they outlaw hanging? Why are police officers given batons to patrol? Meanwhile St. Lucia is prepared to break away from a long time established civilzed court system just to preserve its right to butcher its own citizens.

    I remember a few British officers were brought to St. Lucia to assist. Wasn't crime on the decline (at least the gruesome murders)? In fact on party criticised the other saying that the officers were not brought for a particular purpose even though the measure was working.

    This all reminds me of the words of a famous philosopher "In the past, in an uncivilized world, life was hard, brutish and short"

    Doesn't that sound familiar?

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  11. St Lucian police should have kept him here. He wud have been on remand for the rest of his life. Then that wud be a better sentence

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    • Haahahahahahahaaaaaaaahhahahahhahaha.
      Jewel, that's Soooooooooooo TRUE but HILARIOUS.
      LMAO

      I just can't stop laughing.
      LMAO.

      Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaahahahah

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  12. He was coming to st lucia to do some of those .i know him so well. Every time they catch him they letting him go. It will never end. This his job

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  13. and the british want to tell government not to hang?
    they cannot control their justice system!! why were they so lenient on him?

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  14. Holy macaroni! This fraudster intended to wipe Saint Lucia's banks clean. Would have been good if newspapers here and in England can provide us with a detailed biography of him. Bravo and thanks to the Saint Lucian Police for their part in apprehending this international bank voleur!

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