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Suspected cyber crime gang member met by officers at Heathrow Airport and charged with Conspiracy to Defraud

A 32 year-old man; Gheorhe Mirzac was met by officers from the London Regional Fraud (LFRT) at Heathrow airport on Friday (10 February).

Gheorhe Mirzac, 32 (11/03/1984) of no fixed abode, was taken to Bishopsgate Police Station, where he was charged with Conspiracy to Defraud.

Gheorhe Mirzac was wanted by the LRFT and subject of a European Arrest Warrant. He was arrested in Cannes (France) by French police officers on the 16 January this year and was kept in custody pending his extradition to the UK.

The man is suspected to be a member of the gang that organised a malware attack on a significant number of ATM machines in the UK in 2014, with over £1.5 million being stolen. He is the fourth member of the gang to be arrested after a detailed investigation into the Organised Crime Gang.

Head of the London Regional Fraud Team, Detective Inspector Matthew Mountford said, “The London Regional Fraud Team has arrested yet another suspect in this crime gang, demonstrating our relentless pursuit of those involved. I hope this sends out a message to any others involved in this type of criminality, and to think twice before committing crime as we will track you down in the end and put you before the courts."

Mirzhac appeared at the City of London Magistrates Court on Saturday 11 February where he was remanded in custody. He is next due to appear at Inner London Crown Court on the 10 March.

In January 2016, Teofil Bortos, aged 36, from Newham was sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to defraud.

In March 2015 Grigore Paladi was jailed for five years for similar offences following the attack on ATM’s in 2014.

In September 2016, Ionut Emanual Leahu, aged 30 of no fixed abode was charged with conspiracy to defraud. He was remanded in custody and is next due to appear at Inner London Crown Court in March.



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