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Collier Row woman jailed in connection with gang which sold card details to criminals worldwide

PUBLISHED: 14:40 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:43 13 February 2018

Anca Fuioaga, 37, of Lodge Lane, Collier Row, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for conspiracy to making and supplying articles for fraud  and transferring criminal property. Picture: British Transport Police

Anca Fuioaga, 37, of Lodge Lane, Collier Row, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for conspiracy to making and supplying articles for fraud and transferring criminal property. Picture: British Transport Police

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A woman has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, following her involvement in a gang which stole people’s card details and distributed them to criminals across the world.

Alexandru Sovu, 39,  from Reading, was sentenced to 11 years in prison which saw him design skimming devices which stole data from cards and then distributing them to criminals across the world. Picture: British Transport Police Alexandru Sovu, 39, from Reading, was sentenced to 11 years in prison which saw him design skimming devices which stole data from cards and then distributing them to criminals across the world. Picture: British Transport Police

Anca Fuioaga, 37, of Lodge Lane, Collier Row, was sentenced yesterday at Blackfriars Crown Court following a four-year investigation into the gang by British Transport Police officers.

She was sentenced for conspiracy to making and supplying articles for fraud and transferring criminal property.

The fraudulent activity was led by gang leader Alexandru Sovu, 39, of Reading, who was also sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court, A further six people were sentenced last year to a total of 25 years in prison for building and distributing skimming devices to steal money from ticket machines and cash machines on London Underground and around the world.

The skimming devices that Sovu and the gang built and distributed could be plugged into any ticket or ATM machine, to record the card details of whoever used the machine.

They obtained bank card data from cards used at banks, travel terminals, London Underground stations and petrol pumps.

The group sold the devices and stolen card details to criminal associates around the world.

Sovu was charged with conspiracy to make and supply articles for use in fraud, possession of criminal property, transferring criminal property and failing to supply a password.

He was found guilty following a six week trial, during which he then absconded and failed to turn up to court.

Det Con Terry Botten said: “This was a long and protracted investigation into Sovu and the gang he ran.

“He is a professional criminal and he ran a organised network that was living off criminal proceeds stolen from people around the world.

“The reality is their activity can and does have a marked impact on private individuals and financial establishments.

“This has been a lengthy investigation to unpick the group’s set-up and identify those involved, and I am pleased that they have now been sentenced and will serve prison sentences for their crimes.”

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