Man Pleads Guilty To ATM Skimming In 3 States

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 16: A customer uses an ATM machine at a Bank of America office on July 16, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Bank of America reported stronger than epxpected second quarter earnings with a 33 percent surge in profits to $6.8 billion, well above the estimated $5.92 billion. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Romanian man has pleaded guilty to his role in an ATM skimming scheme that resulted in the theft of nearly $900,000 from bank customers in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts say 38-year-old Bogdan Viorel Rusu pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Authorities say Rusu and his co-conspirators used electronic devices, often called skimming devices, that secretly record ATM customers' bank card information, as well as cameras to record passwords as customers used ATM keypads.

They then used the information to raid hundreds of customer accounts in three states.

Rusu faces up to 30 years in prison at sentencing Dec. 11, but his lawyer says he hopes for a more lenient sentence.

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