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Romanian charged in NJ for alleged ATM 'skimming'

February 7, 2014
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Jersey have charged a Romanian man with being the alleged ringleader of an ATM 'skimming' ring that stole millions of dollars from U.S. bank customers.

Marius Vintila was due in federal court in Newark on Friday. The 31-year-old Romanian national was arrested in Sweden and extradited to New Jersey to face bank fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and other charges.

Prosecutors say Vintila ran a ring that stole banking and credit card information through installing devices on ATMs to "skim" customer account information and create fake ATM cards to withdraw money.

Prosecutors estimate that $3 million was stolen from Wells Fargo bank, and $1 million each from Citibank and TD Bank customers. The alleged thefts took place in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Florida.

 
 

 

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