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Fraudster is cleared over £16k ATM scam in Northern Ireland

'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' (stock photo)
'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' (stock photo)

By Michael Donnelly

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.

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