Romanian citizen busted for ATM skimming scheme in the States

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that a Romanian citizen living in New York pleaded guilty to an “ATM skimming” scheme, in which Bank of America and PNC Bank customers were defrauded to the tune of nearly $40,000.

“Radu Bogdan Marin, 36, a Romanian citizen residing in Glendale, New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas of the District of New Jersey,” said a statement from the DOJ.

According to admissions in the plea agreement:

“Marin and his co-conspirators sought to defraud financial institutions and their customers by illegally obtaining customer account information, including account numbers and personal identification numbers. Marin admitted that between March 2015 and July 2016, Marin and his co-conspirators used counterfeit ATM cards and stolen customer information to withdraw cash from compromised bank accounts at ATMs in New Jersey. Marin and his co-conspirators used more than 10 ATM cards to conduct cash withdrawals in New Jersey, withdrawing tens of thousands of dollars, $39,140 of which was personally attributable to Marin.”

It’s unknown whether or not Marin was in the U.S. legally.

H/T: U.S. Department of Justice

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