Romanian credit-card scammer to be deported

Last November he and Syrevich were charged in a fraud operation that involved switching PIN pads at fast-food outlets across Metro Vancouver. Gabureac, a refugee who came to Canada in 1999, was ordered deported in 2003 for "serious criminality." He is expected to be deported within three weeks, said Canada Border Services Agency lawyer Rick Lengert.

The Vancouver Province
March 28, 2008

Romanian credit-card scammer to be deported
A Romanian convicted of a slick debit- and credit-card skimming operation in which hundreds of Lower Mainland residents were robbed will remain in custody pending his deportation.

A Romanian convicted of a slick debit- and credit-card skimming operation in which hundreds of Lower Mainland residents were robbed will remain in custody pending his deportation.

Dumitru Gabureac, 25, has made a "habit" of scamming the public, Immigration and Refugee Board member Marc Tessler said at Gabureac's detention hearing review yesterday. "[His crimes] are increasing in sophistication and aimed at purely and utterly at defrauding members of the public and relieving them of their savings."

Tessler rejected a $5,000 bond proposed by Gabureac's wife, Oksana Syrevich, 21, who attended the hearing with a three-week old baby.

Gabureac has a string of theft and fraud convictions in B.C. and Ontario.

In 2004 he pleaded guilty in a debit-card scam that targeted banks in Vancouver and West Vancouver.

Last November he and Syrevich were charged in a fraud operation that involved switching PIN pads at fast-food outlets across Metro Vancouver.

Gabureac, a refugee who came to Canada in 1999, was ordered deported in 2003 for "serious criminality." He is expected to be deported within three weeks, said Canada Border Services Agency lawyer Rick Lengert.

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