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One Dozen Face Charges in New Jersey ATM Skimming Scheme

Federal authorities say a dozen men have been charged for their roles in an ATM skimming scheme that targeted victims in New Jersey. reports authorities say the suspects used electronic card-reading devices and pinhole cameras placed on ATM machines to illegally obtain sensitive customer information such as PIN numbers.

The ring would then take the information and transfer the data to new cards that were used to make withdrawals.

Authorities believe the group took more than $428,000 from various Bank of America branches between March 2015 and July. Some PNC accounts were also compromised.

The suspects were arrested Wednesday.

Bogdan Viorel Rusu, 36, of Howard Beach, New York; Marcel Peckham, a/k/a “Marcel Enescu Cismas,” 43, of Little Neck, New York; Catalin Mihai Dragomir, 32, of Glendale, New York; Eduard Vasilica Ticu, 28, of Glendale; Stefan Dumitru, 28, of Astoria, New York; 39, an unidentified defendant known as “Zoltan Nagy,” 39  of Bayside, New York; Silvester Florentin Papp, 24, of Ridgewood, New York; Joel Abel Garcia, 34, of Bronx, New York; Vasilica Adrian Hanganu, 35, of Bayside; Florian Calin Crainic, 46, of Des Plaines, Illinois; Gabriel Mares, 43, of College Point, New York; and his brother Florin Mares, 48, of College Point all face a conspiracy  to commit bank fraud charge, said Fishman.

Authorities are still searching for one man. [[238427591, C]]

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