Fraudster is cleared over £16k ATM scam in Northern Ireland
A fraudster who invented computer software allowing cash to be taken from ATM machines was yesterday cleared by direction of a similar fraud in Northern Ireland which netted more than £16,000.
However, Maxwell Michael Parsons (53) was not released from the dock of Belfast Crown Court, but remanded into custody for transfer back to England, where he is currently serving a 10-year sentence.
The self-taught computer fraudster found a way to manipulate banking systems, so payments were automatically reversed - meaning money could be spent again and again. He had faced four charges, including conspiracy to defraud Note Machine Ltd in August 2009, the theft of £16,600, possession of an article for use in fraud, and converting criminal property.
However, after a jury was sworn to hear his case, Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland directed them to acquit Parsons when prosecutor David Russell offered no evidence in the case.