LETHBRIDGE: Two brothers from Montreal charged with using cloned debit cards in Lethbridge, entered guilty pleas to unlawful use of credit cards Tuesday morning in court.
Between June and July of last summer, they set up a skimming operation at a North side fast food restaurant, where they captured the card information and pin numbers of the debit cards used there.
They then went to several local banks and pulled out large amounts of cash from as many accounts as they could.
25-year old Abdel Madjid Benzabe-Meloua was arrested at an Alberta Treasury Branch location, when security noticed what was going on and contacted Regional Police. His brother 20-year old Houdaifa Benzabe-Meloua then turned himself in a month later. Both were cleary seen on several bank security cameras.
The two were sentenced to one year in custody, with Abdel Madjid getting credit for nine-months pre-trial custody and Houdaifa getting eight-months credit. That means Abdel Madjid will be out in four months, while Houdaifa will be out in three.
The brothers are also faced with a Restitution Order, as they much of the money stolen was never recovered. In total they took $23,064 and only $1,210 was recovered when Abdel Madjid was arrested.