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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Romanian crime ring leader gets ten-year jail sentence in the US

Romanian Marius Vintila, also known as “Dan Girneata”, was recently sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in New Jersey, reports Northjersey.com.

Vintila admitted to being the leader of a large-scale scheme that stole bank account information in the United States. The scheme targeted thousands of bank customers and defrauded Citibank, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, and multiple other financial institutions out of at least USD 5 million. The crime group operated throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida, and elsewhere.

Vintila, 32, and his conspirators installed card-reading devices and pinhole cameras on automated teller machines. While the devices were reading and storing customers’ bank account information as the customers performed routine bank transactions at ATMs, the cameras recorded customer keystrokes as they entered their personal identification numbers. Then, the group used the account information they obtained to create thousands of fake ATM cards and withdraw money from the victims’ accounts.

Vintila used the alias “Dan Girneata” to open bank accounts, rent vehicles and rent multiple self-storage units where he stored the skimming devices. He also provided fake IDs to his associates.

Vintila fled to the US in July 2013 as federal agents arrested various members of his crime group. He was apprehended in Sweden in October 2013 and then extradited to the U.S.

On Tuesday this week, July 7, Vintila was sentenced to 121 months in prison plus two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay more than USD 7.4 million in restitution, according to NorthJersey.com.

This is one of the largest skimming operations ever uncovered by law enforcement. Thirteen of the 16 people charged have been convicted.

Romanian admits to leading one of the biggest ATM theft rings in the U.S. 

Irina Popescu, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Romanian crime ring leader gets ten-year jail sentence in the US

Romanian Marius Vintila, also known as “Dan Girneata”, was recently sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in New Jersey, reports Northjersey.com.

Vintila admitted to being the leader of a large-scale scheme that stole bank account information in the United States. The scheme targeted thousands of bank customers and defrauded Citibank, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, and multiple other financial institutions out of at least USD 5 million. The crime group operated throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida, and elsewhere.

Vintila, 32, and his conspirators installed card-reading devices and pinhole cameras on automated teller machines. While the devices were reading and storing customers’ bank account information as the customers performed routine bank transactions at ATMs, the cameras recorded customer keystrokes as they entered their personal identification numbers. Then, the group used the account information they obtained to create thousands of fake ATM cards and withdraw money from the victims’ accounts.

Vintila used the alias “Dan Girneata” to open bank accounts, rent vehicles and rent multiple self-storage units where he stored the skimming devices. He also provided fake IDs to his associates.

Vintila fled to the US in July 2013 as federal agents arrested various members of his crime group. He was apprehended in Sweden in October 2013 and then extradited to the U.S.

On Tuesday this week, July 7, Vintila was sentenced to 121 months in prison plus two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay more than USD 7.4 million in restitution, according to NorthJersey.com.

This is one of the largest skimming operations ever uncovered by law enforcement. Thirteen of the 16 people charged have been convicted.

Romanian admits to leading one of the biggest ATM theft rings in the U.S. 

Irina Popescu, [email protected]

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