Brazilian national uses forged ATM cards to withdraw cash from Republic Bank


A Brazilian national appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday and confessed to using forge bank cards to withdraw cash from a Republic Bank (Guyana)  Limited automated teller machine (ATM). 

Mariel Adriano Barbosa Leal, 52, appeared before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus.

The first charge stated that on October 26, 2021, at Republic Bank, Camp and Robb Streets, Georgetown, he attempted to steal $30,000 from the said bank.

The second charge stated that on October 25,20201 at Republic Bank, Camp and Robb Streets, Georgetown,  with intent to defraud, he conspired with persons unknown to forge eight Republic Bank ATM cards, purporting to show that they were issued to him. 

The last charge stated that on October 25, 2021, at the said branch of the bank, he stole $100,000 from the said bank. He pleaded guilty to all three charges.

Facts presented by the court prosecutor stated that the defendant entered Guyana on October 24, 2021, via Lethem and was granted three months to stay. On October 25, 2021, he travelled to Georgetown and went to the casino which is located on Church Street, Georgetown.

The court heard than Leal then left the casino and went to the Republic Bank ATM where he used a forged bank card to withdraw $100,000. The following day, he went back to the same bank’s ATM and attempted to make a withdrawal of $30,000. 

However, the attempt failed and he was apprehended by the bank’s security guard and handed over to the Police. A search was then carried out on him and eight forged bank cards were found. He was then told of the offences committed and arrested. 

The apologetic father of two told the court he was sorry for what he had done. The Magistrate after listening to the facts sentenced Leal to pay a fine of $310,000 or in default six months imprisonment.

Upon paying the fine or serving the jail time, he will be deported to Brazil.


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