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Electrical Shop Fraudsters Charged

Wednesday May 16, 2012

Electrical Shop Fraudsters Charged

Three individuals were recently found guilty of defrauding an inebriated tourist at an electronics shop in Puerto del Carmen of €17,514, an incident that should serve as a further reminder to tourists to exercise extreme caution if they are thinking about buying electrical products on Lanzarote.

The Provincial Court of Las Palmas is likely to hand down sentences of three years to each of the guilty parties, which included the shop’s manager, the owner and an employee. The offences took place in July 2008, when visiting tourist, Michael David Higgins, visited the shop ‘Mata Electronics’ on the Avenida de las Playas in Puerto del Carmen. Two of Mr Higgins credit cards were charged with a total of €17,514, reputedly for sunglasses, a camera, a pair of binoculars and a card reader, all of which only had a total commercial value of €230.

Whilst the fraudulent activity was being carried out on Mr Higgins cards, the staff at the shop used various methods to distract his attention. In addition, the unsuspecting tourist was also given further alcohol to ensure he remained unaware of the theft being perpetrated against his credit cards.

The three men who were found guilty yesterday, owner Mr C. Pooja, manager Mr L.C. Kanhaiya and employee Mr G.R. Deepak, may well be facing three years in prison each, if the prosecutor Agustin Fernandez-Figares successfully argues his case for their incarceration. There will also be civil proceedings against the three to ensure that Mr Higgins is reimbursed with €17,284 as well as payment of a fine of €1,440.


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