A prison sentence of 189 years handed down to a man who was found guilty of credit card fraud has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeals.
Security forces started an investigation after receiving calls from numerous businesspeople reporting that their credit card information was used to buy large amounts of phone credit. Recep Cetinkaya, 43, who had been selling “cheap phone credit” in the southern province of Mersin, was detained as part of the investigation. Cetinkaya confessed to fraud charges and was imprisoned by a night court.
Defendant Cetinkaya then admitted to all of the charges during his defense at the Mersin High Criminal Court. Alleging that he had been defrauded previously, he stated that:
“I accept all of the charges. I was a merchant before this incident. Somebody defrauded me. I owe a high amount of money to the banks. My house, along with my father's, was sold through confiscation. I have 10 children and left my wife over irreconcilable differences. I committed this crime to get out of my troubles. I am sorry for what I did. I bought credit card information which belonged to other people. I bought and sold phone credit using this information.”
Cetinkaya was sent to prison for 189 years after being convicted of 49 charges. His punishment was upheld by the appellate court and he will serve 28 years in jail.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 09 Aralık 2013, 18:00