Santander 'cyber gang' to face trial

Five men have denied the charges

Five men have denied the charges

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An alleged "cyber gang" led by a Putney man is to face trial next month for an attempted £1.3m robbery of Satander Bank by remotely taking control of computers.

Lanre Mullins-Abudu, 25, was the alleged ringleader of the gang accused of trying to use a device to assume control of each of the branch's computers.

It is alleged one of the plotters posed as an engineer and attempted to fit the device to a computer in the Surrey Quays branch, south-east London, which would enable the desktop's contents to be transmitted.

However, a spokesman for the Spanish bank confirmed no money was stolen.

Mr Mullins-Abudu denies charges of fraud, theft, and possession of articles for use in fraud and will stand trial along with four other men.

He and Akash Vaghela, 27, of Beavers Lane, Hounslow, deny conspiring to steal credit balances from Santander Bank using a keyboard video monitoring (KVM) device on September 12.

Duane Jean-Jaques, 24, from north-west London, denies conspiring to steal from Barclays and a charge of concealing criminal property.

Steven Hannah, 42, of Marylebone, and James Lewis Murphy, 34, of Chelsea, also deny conspiracy to commit fraud using credit cards on before September 19 last year.

After appearing at Southwark Crown Court last week all five men will now stand trial at the same court on February 17.



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