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Romanian Indicted in Capital Region ATM Skimming Conspiracy

Ilie Sitariu, age 36, a Romanian national, was indicted Thursday, September 8, 2016, for conspiring to steal account information and personal identification numbers (PINs) by using skimming devices that he secretly installed in the Capital Region and Berkshires.

Sitariu was arrested in October 2015 on a criminal complaint and has been in custody since then.

According to the indictment, from August 30, 2015, through Obtover 24, 2015, Sitariu and a co-conspirator used skimming devices and pinhole cameras to secretly capture account numbers and PINs of customers who used ATMs at First Niagara Bank, Trustco Bank, and Berkshire Bank branches in Charham, New York, Delmar, New York, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts, respectively. The skimming devices captured the information encoded on the magnetic strips of customers’ bank debit cards, while the pinhole cameras allowed Sitariu and a co-conspirator to record the PINs used by tge customers. Sitariu and co-conspirator then used the information to steal money from the customers’ accounts by making withdrawals at ATMs in New York City.

Sitariu is accused of conspiring to commit bank fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft. If convicted on all charges, Sitariu faces at least 2 years and up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 5 years.