Boston - A Romanian man was sentenced today for aggravated identity theft in connection with an ATM skimming operation.
Razvan Pascu, a/k/a Razvan Anghel, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to two years in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release and $24,215 in restitution. Pascu pleaded guilty on July 11, 2012.
On April 30, 2011, Pascu and a co-conspirator attached a “skimming” device and pinhole camera to an Eastern Bank ATM in Cambridge. The skimming device was designed to capture the magnetic strip information on the back of cards inserted into the ATM, while the pinhole camera captured the corresponding PIN numbers. This was part of a larger conspiracy that installed skimming devices and pinhole cameras on selected ATMs in Conn. and Mass. in March and April 2011 and used the account information to create counterfeit ATM cards. The ATMs could be used along with the corresponding PIN numbers, to make unauthorized account withdrawals. The conspiracy installed skimming devices and cameras on at least five separate occasions.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Steven D. Ricciardi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the New England Electronic Crimes Task Force which includes the Cambridge Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Harman Burkart of Ortiz’s Cybercrime Unit.