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Romanian citizen sentenced for his role in ATM skimming scheme

A Romanian citizen has been sentenced for his role in an extensive ATM skimming scheme that defrauded banks in Connecticut and elsewhere.  50-year old Nicolae Marius Barbu was ordered to 21 months in prison and to pay restitution.  He faces immigration proceedings when his prison term is over.  According to court documents, a Connecticut bank experienced 35 incidents of ATM skimming at locations in Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull, Greenwich, Fairfield and elsewhere over 5 months in 2017.  Conspiracy members placed skimming devices at the ATMs to capture account numbers and personal identification numbers, PINs, from customers who used their debit cards at the ATM.  Substitute ATM cards were made and used to obtain money and make purchases. 

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