Lubomir Spassov PANOV was among four people arrested in a province-wide ATM tampering ring in November 2012. PANOV and his co-accused are alleged to have defrauded Meridian Credit Union customers of more than $150,000 by tampering with Meridian Credit Union ATMs and the subsequent fraudulent use of the legitimate customers debit card information.
PANOV was originally denied bail at the Ontario Court of Justice level in Oshawa, but subsequently released from custody on December 24, 2012 following a bail review in the Superior Court of Justice in Oshawa.
In July 2013, it is alleged that PANOV applied for a replacement passport from the Bulgarian government under false pretenses and received a new passport on August 8, 2013. PANOV is alleged to have fled the jurisdiction before the start of his preliminary hearing. As a result, PANOV is currently wanted on multiple arrest warrants for Relief of Surety and Breach of Recognizance.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of PANOV is asked to contact Detective Caplan of the East Division CIB at 1-888-579-1520 Ext. 1603. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
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