Sessions and DOJ win again! Take down of wanted ATM criminals

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Written by DML

If all government agencies operated like the Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently operating under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one has to wonder how amazing the United States could and would become.

Sessions is bringing honor back to one of the country’s most important agencies, after Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder nearly destroyed it during the Obama presidency.

There isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t reporting a minimum of two major announcements connected to the great work being done by Sessions. For example, on Wednesday evening, the Department put out a press release stating it had taken down two more members of an ATM skimming conspiracy.

According to the Justice Department’s release, which can be read in full below, two members of the scheme – which used secret card-reading devices and pinhole cameras on PNC and Bank of America ATMs to steal at least $428,581 – pled guilty in federal court on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

If Sessions continues at this pace — he very well could go down as the best attorney general in modern history.

DOJ RELEASE

Two More Members of ATM Skimming Conspiracy Plead Guilty to Scheme Targeting Multiple New Jersey Bank Locations

Two members of a scheme that used secret card-reading devices and pinhole cameras on PNC and Bank of America ATMs to steal at least $428,581 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud today in federal court.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick of the District of New Jersey and Acting Special Agent in Charge Debra Parker of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Newark Division made the announcement.

Stefan Dumitru, 29, of Queens, New York, and Florian Calin Crainic, 47, of Des Plaines, Illinois, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to separate criminal informations charging them each with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

According to admissions made in court in connection with their guilty pleas, Dumitru, Crainic, and others sought to defraud financial institutions and their customers by illegally obtaining customer account information, including account numbers and personal identification numbers. Dumitru and Crainic both admitted that between March 2015 and July 2016, they made unauthorized cash withdrawals using the counterfeit ATM cards.

Sentencing for both defendants is set for November 6.

Joel Abel Garcia, Victor A. Hanganu, Radu Bogdan Marin, Marcel Peckham, Catalin Mihai Dragomir, Eduard Vasilica Ticu and Silvester Florentin Papp previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and await sentencing. To date, nine of the 13 defendants charged in this matter have been convicted.

ICE-HSI’s Newark Division; U.S. Secret Service’s Boston Field Office; Longmeadow, Massachusetts Police Department; Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Department; and Medford, Massachusetts Police Department investigated the case with assistance from Bank of America Security and Fraud Section and PNC Bank Security Division. The Middlesex County, Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office; U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York and U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts Springfield Division assisted in the investigation and prosecution.

The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Graves of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark and Trial Attorney Marianne Shelvey of the Criminal Division Organized Crime and Gang Section.

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