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Lithuanian citizen sentenced to nine years in prison for phone scamming in Estonia

  • 2015-08-11
  • BNS/TBT Staff/TALLINN

On August 11, 2015, the Lithuanian police confirmed a Lithuanian citizen has been sentenced to nine years emprisonment for phone scamming in Estonia.

The man was also a suspect in a robbery case in Lithuania several years ago. 

In August 2014, the cases of armed robberies in the Lithuanian cities of Kaunas, Mazeikiai and Telsiai were handed over to a Lithuanian court, with two men named as suspects.

It emerged during the investigation that one of the suspects, born in 1982, also committed crimes in foreign countries, including Estonia. 

It transpired the man would randomly call Russian-speaking residents of Estonia to claim a relative was involved in a car accident or committed a crime, and money was needed to cover up the offence and avoid a legal investigation.

The information was handed over to Estonian police. The Lithuanian citizen was charged with 41 criminal offences, which resulted in 61,783 euros worth of damage. 

A court in the Estonian city of Parnu on July 28, 2015 sentenced him to nine years in jail.

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