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Alleged ATM 'skimming' ringleader due in court

February 26, 2014
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The alleged ringleader of a group that federal prosecutors say stole at least $5 million by installing "skimming" devices in cash machines is due in court.

Romanian national Marius Vintila was indicted last week on counts including bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. His arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday in Newark.

The 31-year-old was arrested in September in Sweden and extradited to New Jersey where some of the alleged thefts took place. Prosecutors say bank customers in New York, Connecticut and Florida were also affected.

Prosecutors say the group installed devices in ATMs to retrieve customer account information, and also installed pinhole cameras in bank vestibules to record ATM users' keystrokes to decipher personal identification numbers. They then allegedly created fake bank cards using the stolen information.



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