Man sentenced to 5 years in massive ATM skimming scam

Scheme used card-reading devices, pinhole cameras to steal $390K from bank customers in N.J. and N.Y.

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A Romanian national was sentenced this week to five years in prison for an ATM skimming scheme that used hidden card-reading devices and pinhole cameras at New Jersey and New York banks to steal at least $390,141 from customer accounts.
A Romanian national was sentenced this week to five years in prison for an ATM skimming scheme that used hidden card-reading devices and pinhole cameras at New Jersey and New York banks to steal at least $390,141 from customer accounts.
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Romanian national was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for an ATM skimming scheme that used hidden card-reading devices and pinhole cameras at New Jersey and New York banks to steal at least $390,141 from customer accounts.

Bogdan Rusu, who previously pleaded to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, was part of a widespread skimming operation that reached Massachusetts and drained more than $868,000 from accounts, according to federal authorities.

Rusu worked with others in the scam to capture payment card information - including account numbers and PINs - from unsuspecting bank customers as they used ATMs, according to officials. The 39-year-old scammer copied the stolen information to counterfeit payment cards and used those cards to pilfer money from the accounts.

Eleven others charged in the fraud have already pleaded guilty, officials said. For his part, Rusu must also serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution of $390,141.

A federal judge in Massachusetts previously sentenced Rusu, who lived in Queens, New York, to more than five years in prison as part of the skimming scheme.

The probe involved several Massachusetts police departments, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

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