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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 irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Romanians accused of stealing USD 0.7 mln from hundreds of churches in the US

A group of Romanian citizens managed to steal USD 740,000 worth of donations from hundreds of churches in the US. Four of them were arrested, and two others are wanted in what the American authorities are calling "Operation Though Shalt Not Steal," local Digi24 reported, quoting ABC News.

The four arrested men were charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering, grand theft, unlawful possession of personal identification information and money laundering.

The group, based in Orlando, reportedly stole donation checks from 636 churches throughout the United States. They deposited these checks into several bank accounts and then withdrew the money at ATMs before the banks caught on.

The group spent the money on cars, food and clothing and made high-value wire transfers to Romania, according to the US authorities.

"This low-tech yet well-organized effort to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of mailed-in charitable donations — at a time when donations may have been most needed — has been stopped," FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a press release.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Jose Terrero/Dreamstime.com)

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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 irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Romanians accused of stealing USD 0.7 mln from hundreds of churches in the US

A group of Romanian citizens managed to steal USD 740,000 worth of donations from hundreds of churches in the US. Four of them were arrested, and two others are wanted in what the American authorities are calling "Operation Though Shalt Not Steal," local Digi24 reported, quoting ABC News.

The four arrested men were charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering, grand theft, unlawful possession of personal identification information and money laundering.

The group, based in Orlando, reportedly stole donation checks from 636 churches throughout the United States. They deposited these checks into several bank accounts and then withdrew the money at ATMs before the banks caught on.

The group spent the money on cars, food and clothing and made high-value wire transfers to Romania, according to the US authorities.

"This low-tech yet well-organized effort to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of mailed-in charitable donations — at a time when donations may have been most needed — has been stopped," FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a press release.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Jose Terrero/Dreamstime.com)

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