27 Sep 2011

New Caledonia to transfer Bulgarian fraud suspects to France

2:35 pm on 27 September 2011

Reports from New Caledonia say police are about to transfer two jailed Bulgarian fraud suspects to France.

Noumea's daily newspaper, Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes, says the two have been held in prison since May accused of trying to manipulate teller machines in what the authorities believe could be part of an international criminal organisation.

Their arrest came after a bank noticed an attempt to tamper with an ATM machine in a bid to steal card details of unsuspecting users.

One of the suspects reportedly raised suspicion when he wanted to make a large international transfer with cash withdrawn from an ATM machine.

Two years ago, another Bulgarian man was arrested in New Caledonia in possession of thousands of fake euro bills.