TWO ROMANIAN CITIZENS INVOLVED IN ATM
SKIMMING SCHEME IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY ARE SENTENCED
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARIAN CARAIVAN, 43, and MUSTAFA TIMUR, 34, both citizens of Romania, were sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 33 months of imprisonment for their involvement in an ATM “skimming” scheme.
According to court documents and statements made in court, CARAIVAN, TIMUR and others conspired to install “skimming” devices on automated teller machines (“ATMs”) at three JP Morgan Chase Bank locations in Greenwich and Stamford. The devices were able to capture the information encoded on the magnetic strips of bank cards used by ATM customers. The co-conspirators also placed devices on the ATMs that contained hidden pinhole cameras, which were positioned in such a way as to be able to record the personal identification numbers that bank customers keyed into the ATMs to gain access to their accounts. The co-conspirators then used this stolen information to create counterfeit bank cards that allowed them to withdraw funds from the customers’ accounts.
Through this scheme, the defendants compromised approximately 100 customer accounts, causing losses of more than $75,000. The bank has reimbursed its customers for the losses they sustained.
CARAIVAN and TIMUR were arrested on August 14, 2011, at a Chase Bank location in Harrison, N.Y., where they also had installed a skimming device. They have been detained since their arrests.
On August 24, 2012, CARAIVAN and TIMUR each pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Each also has pleaded guilty in New York state court to charges related to the Harrison skimming incident.
CARAIVAN and TIMUR were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $75,774.19. Both face deportation proceedings after their release from prison.
This investigation is being conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the United States Secret Service, including the White Plains Office; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security; the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Connecticut State Police; the Harrison, N.Y. Police Department; Office of the Westchester County District Attorney (High Technology Crimes Bureau); U.S. Customs Inspection Service Fraud Detection and National Security (Hartford Office); and the Greenwich, Hartford, Stamford and Shelton Police Departments. JP Morgan Chase Bank is assisting the investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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