Israeli student sentenced to prison in Kolozsvár for fraud

An Israeli student, living in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), was convicted of fraud by the Kolozsvár Court, based on a file of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). The young man was sent to court on fraud charges for ordering food online and paying with fraudulent credit cards; he was sentenced to a year and two months imprisonment.

The investigation in the case was launched after the company that managed the food ordering platform told local police about a possible fraud. According to the company, one of their costumers had placed 51 food orders between September 29 and October 13, 2017, and used seven different, possibly fraudulent credit cards to pay for them. The company explained that the card issuers and the banks where the accounts were opened had refused transactions due to fraud.

After investigating the cards, it turned out that all of them were credit cards of Israeli and Russian banks. Some of them were actually black cards, the world’s most exclusive cards, almost solely reserved for the ultra-wealthy and available on an invitation-only basis.

The investigation revealed that 23 of the transactions had been successful, as payment had arrived into the account of the food company, but payment was refused in 28 cases. The prosecutors could not find out exactly how the student managed to get the data of the cards. The young man told the investigators that one of his friends in Israel gave the information to him over the phone, the file says.

After paying all charges incurred, a total of RON 9,271 (approximately EUR 1,900), the student confessed everything, which reduced his punishment. Thus, he was sentenced to a year and two months suspended prison term and 60 days of community service. The sentence is not final and can be appealed at the Kolozsvár Court of Appeal.

Title image: The prosecutors could not find out exactly how the student stole the data of the cards. Photo: debt.com

Author: Orsi Sarány