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Romanian Man Gets 18 Months In Prison For Greenwich ATM-Skimming Scheme

A Romanian man gets 18 months in prison  for his role in an ATM “skimming” scheme in Greenwich.
A Romanian man gets 18 months in prison for his role in an ATM “skimming” scheme in Greenwich. Photo Credit: U.S. Dept. of Justice

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Romanian man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for his role in a Greenwich ATM “skimming” scheme, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut.

Ionut-Iulian Vlad, 29, was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $105,404.75, according to the statement. His sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.

Vlad and others conspired to install “skimming” devices on automated teller machines at Bank of America locations in Connecticut, including in Greenwich and Wallingford. The devices were able to capture the information encoded on the magnetic strips of bank cards used by ATM customers.

The co-conspirators also placed devices on the ATMs that contained hidden pinhole cameras, which recorded the personal identification numbers that bank customers keyed into the machines to gain access to their accounts, according to the statement.

The co-conspirators used the stolen information captured by the skimming devices and pinhole cameras to create counterfeit bank cards that allowed them to withdraw more than $100,000 from the customers’ accounts.

Vlad has been detained since his arrest by the Stamford Police Department on March 2. At the time of his arrest, he possessed ATM skimming tools and double-sided tape, the statement said.

On Aug. 19, Vlad pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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