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Victorian card skimmer to be deported

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016 Jacqueline Le

A Bulgarian card skimmer will be deported from Australia after stealing more than $40,000 from unsuspecting bank customers in Melbourne so he could pay off a debt.

Todor Tsenov, 36, was sentenced to four months in prison on Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty in the Victorian County Cour to one charge of conspiracy to defraud over his involvement in a card-skimming scheme in 2015.

Tsenov, who has been in immigration detention since March and has already spent 91 days in pre-sentence custody, faces deportation once he serves the remainder of his sentence.

Defence counsel say Tsenov had a limited role in the card skimming racket, with his offending taking place over three days between November and December last year.

During that time, Tsenov managed to withdraw $43,773 using the stolen card details from Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank customers and ATM users.

He had also unsuccessfully tried to withdraw a further $38,745.

The card details were stolen using a small camera attached to ATMs which captured customers entering their pin codes, and a card-reading device which recorded people's card details.

"You became involved in this offending to repay money that you had borrowed," said judge James Montgomery.

Tsenov, whose wife and daughter live in the United Kingdom, had no prior criminal history before he was apprehended in Australia in late 2015.

He was granted bail by a magistrate in March this year but was immediately taken to an immigration detention centre.

Authorities have previously said Tsenov and his co-accused were part of an international gang that had travelled to Australia solely to operate the card-skimming racket.

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