Defendants in New Jersey ATM Skimming Conspiracy Case Deliver Guilty Pleas

the defendants could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine

Defendants in New Jersey ATM Skimming Conspiracy Case Deliver Guilty Pleas
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july 13, 2017

Four members of an ATM skimming conspiracy have pleaded guilty to charges in Newark federal court.

Marcel Peckham, Catalin Mihai Dragomir, Eduard Vasilica Ticu, and Silvester Florentin Papp (all of Queens, NY) will be sentenced on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing for all four defendants is set for October 23, 2017.

The four defendants sought to defraud financial institutions and their customers by illegally obtaining customer account information, including account numbers and personal identification numbers.

Peckham admitted providing counterfeit ATM cards to other conspirators, knowing that they were going to use them to withdraw cash from compromised bank accounts at ATMs in New Jersey.

Dragomir, Ticu, and Papp each admitted that between March 2015 and July 2016, they made unauthorized cash withdrawals using the counterfeit ATM cards.

Joel Abel Garcia, Victor A. Hanganu, and Radu Bogdan Marin also pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and await sentencing. To date, seven of the 13 defendants charged in this matter have been convicted.