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Waiter accused of stealing €1,100 from diners' cloned cards

A WAITER who copied the Laser card details of two customers in a restaurant where he worked spent €1,100 on their cards, it has been claimed.

Andrei Nechifor (29) is alleged to have used the copy Laser cards to buy groceries, to get cashback, and to take money out of ATMs.

In all, it is alleged that Nechifor stole €1,150.72 from the victims' accounts over a five- day period.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after a judge ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The accused, of Villa Park Road in Cabra, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with five counts of theft.

It is alleged that Nechifor used the stolen Laser card to steal goods worth €23.16 from Eurospar, Bayside on February 14, 2007.

He is also accused of stealing goods worth €16.39, as well as €100 cash from Centra, Greendale, Dublin 5, also on February 14, 2007, and stealing a further €111.17, from Nolan's Supermarket, Clontarf on the same date.

It is alleged that Nechifor, who is originally from Romania, took €450 from the Bank of Ireland ATM, Malahide on February 10, 2007, and a further €450 from the Bank of Ireland ATM, Main Street, Swords on February 13, 2007.

The total alleged amount of money taken by Nechifor is €1,150.72.

A court heard the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court.

Judge Cormac Dunne refused jurisdiction of the charges, deeming them to be too serious for the District Court.

The State solicitor asked for a eight-week remand for the preparation of the book of evidence. Judge Dunne adjourned the matter to a date in July.