8 Nov 2012

Card skimmers admit charges

4:00 pm on 8 November 2012

Four men have been convicted for their part in an international eftpos skimming operation in which they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Chea Sina, Kevin Roberto Flores Roldan, Mario Rivera and William Alexander Rivera-Rivas were each charged with being part of an organised criminal group and fraud in April this year.

The Canadians pleaded guilty to the charges when they appeared at the Auckland District Court on Wednesday.

Police say the group took 10 eftpos key pads for the purposes of skimming money from people's bank accounts while in New Zealand.

They stole about $670,000, which lawyers say has not been recovered.

Judge Rea remanded the men in custody for sentencing on 1 February next year.