Two More Members of PNC and Bank of America ATM Skimming Conspiracy Plead Guilty
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Two More Members of PNC and Bank of America ATM Skimming Conspiracy Plead Guilty

The defendants illegally obtained customer account numbers, including PINs, stealing at least $428,581

July 27, 2017

Two members of a scheme that used secret card-reading devices and pinhole cameras on PNC and Bank of America ATMs to steal at least $428,581 have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) announced.

Stefan Dumitru, of Queens, New York, and Florian Calin Crainic, of Des Plaines, Illinois, pleaded guilty to separate criminal informations charging them each with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Illegally obtained customer information

According to admissions made in court in connection with their guilty pleas, Dumitru, Crainic, and others sought to defraud financial institutions and their customers by illegally obtaining customer account information, including account numbers and personal identification numbers (PINs).

Dumitru and Crainic both admitted that—between March 2015 and July 2016—they made unauthorized cash withdrawals from customer bank accounts using the counterfeit ATM cards. Sentencing for both defendants is set for November 6, 2017.

Additional defendants

In addition to Dumitru and Crainic, Joel Abel Garcia, Victor A. Hanganu, Radu Bogdan Marin, Marcel Peckham, Catalin Mihai Dragomir, Eduard Vasilica Ticu, and Silvester Florentin Papp have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and await sentencing. To date, nine of the 13 defendants charged in this case have been convicted.

The prosecution for this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Graves of the U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division in Newark and Trial Attorney Marianne Shelvey of the Criminal Division Organized Crime and Gang Section.