First of ten wanted fraudsters arrested attempting to leave the country Date published: 22nd July 2016 11.04am

Suspected serial ATM fraudster, Marius Lucian Anton, 31, was arrested by officers in Kent on Wednesday 20 July as he attempted to leave the UK.

This arrest came less than 48 hours after his image was circulated to national and international media as part of a widespread appeal to identify ten suspected fraudsters wanted for committing fraud worth £20 million.

The ten fraudsters were identified through the work of the Joint Fraud Taskforce, an initiative launched by then-Home Secretary, Theresa May in February this year. The Taskforce brings together law enforcement agencies, the financial sector and Government to fight criminals who prey on the public, UK businesses and our economy.

Anton, a Romanian national was wanted by Cheshire Constabulary for allegedly committing multiple automated teller machine (ATM) fraud offences across the country since early 2012. Has is suspected of using card skimming devices which he has attached to supermarket ATMs to extract and clone credit cards. In May 2012 Anton failed to appear at court to stand trial for possessing criminal possessions and possessing articles being used for fraud.

Anton appeared yesterday (21 July) at Crewe Magistrates’ Court charged with this these offences and the additional offence of failing to appear at court. He has been remanded into custody to re-appear at a future date.

City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM said: “This fantastic result clearly demonstrates the importance of the public and the police working together to identify wanted individuals. This joint effort ended the four year search and we would urge anyone with the information regarding the nine remaining fraudsters to make contact immediately.”