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Another scam on ANZ customers

AT least three ANZ customers have had cash stolen from their accounts by another scam after their bank cards were stolen.

AT least three ANZ customers have had cash stolen from their accounts by another scam after their bank cards were stolen.

A female customer who did not want her name published said a thief or thieves broke into her house during the night and took an eclectic range of items.

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Man sent to prison six years for incest

A FATHER has been jailed for six years and two months for raping his biological daughter twice in Epi.

The father was reported as having a child with his daughter but the matter was never reported to the police.

Justice Daniel Fatiaki said that the man, 46, who could not be named, had offended against his daughter twice between January/February and July 2014.

After a week of trial, Prosecutor Damien Boe Boe proved all elements surrounding the claims beyond reasonable doubt and secured a conviction on both counts of incest contrary to section 95 of the Penal Code Act CAP 135.

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One man crime wave

A ‘ONE-MAN crime wave’ has been charged with the recent spate of break-ins in Port Vila, including some senior government offices.

Joshua Mansi Matahu admitted seven counts of unlawfully entering dwelling houses contrary to section 143(1) of the Penal Code Act CAP 135.

He also admitted seven counts of theft contrary to section 125(a) and also confessed to five counts of malicious damage to property contrary to section 133 both of the Penal Code.

The prosecutor Lenry Young entered a ‘Nolle Prosequi’ to seven counts of criminal trespass against section 144(a) of the Act. ‘Nolle Prosequi’ simply means that the prosecution struck out the charges against Matahu.
He was initially charged with 26 counts but the prosecution wiped out seven counts in a negotiation with the defence, leaving 19 counts to which he admitted this week.

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ANZ Vanuatu customers lose millions in bank scam

AT least four ANZ customers in Vanuatu have been scammed out of 2.5 million vatu in an elaborate sting involving an international conman.

One of the victims, pilot Matt Erceg, said he had US$9000 removed from his account in one day. He has tracked down three other victims and believes there are more but the ANK bank denies that.

“One other victim lost VT800,000 in 10 transfers, another lost VT600,000 and the third had VT320,000 transferred into another account that then disappeared,” he said.  “Mine went in three transfers of US$3000 each on February 4 and I didn’t find out about it until 4.30pm that day, so I couldn’t ring the bank until the next morning.  “They just told me to protect my password and report it to police and I told them I simply wanted my money back. 

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