Mastermind of Money Siphoning Scheme Arrested In Varna

Mastermind of Money Siphoning Scheme Arrested In Varna

A Bulgarian ethnic Turk, 26, who masterminded a scheme for siphoning money from cards and
accounts of US citizens, has been arrested, Varna Police Director Dimiter Dimitrov said on Sunday. Another 15 people were involved in the scheme, BTA reports.

So far the siphoned amount is estimated at 400,000 US dollars. However, the amount is expected to increase ten-fold. The mastermind of the scheme Issa Ahmed a.k.a. "the Hacker", has been arrested by two accomplices, intercepted by the Varna Police. The police worked in close cooperation with the US Secret Service. According to the US experts, the scheme is not a new one but they thanked their Bulgarian colleagues and defined the operation as major.

Monday the Varna District Court will probably demand permanent demand in custody for Ahmed and his two accomplices. An employee of the Varna Service for Combating Organized Crime was also involved: he would help in the laundering of the siphoned money.

Ahmed is a university graduate in economics. He has no criminal record and has never lived in the US.

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