Romanian national convicted within ATM “skimming” scheme in Connecticut

March 11th, 2010 - 4:20 am ICT by BNO News  

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT (BNO NEWS) – A Romanian national was convicted for participating in a plot that “skimmed” ATM machines, resulting in thousands of dollars being lost, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Victor Vasile Constantin, 23, a citizen of Romania, and his co-conspirators placed devices on the ATMs that contained hidden cameras, which were positioned in such a way as to be able to record the personal identification numbers that bank customers punched into the ATMs to gain access to their accounts, later used to withdraw funds from the customers’ accounts.

In order to use ID numbers, they secretly installed “skimming” devices on ATMs at various Bank of America branches in Fairfield County, Connecticut, capturing the information encoded on the magnetic strips of bank debit cards used by ATM customers.

Constantin’s participation in the scheme resulted in Bank of America losing about $150,000. He was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft convictions.

There is an ongoing investigation that continues to work on the case.

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