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kC man pleads guilty to stealing $330,000 from aTMs

February 27, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing more than $330,000 from automated teller machines (ATMs) that he was hired to maintain.

Anthony T. Civella, Jr., 46, of Kansas City, waived his right to indictment by a grand jury and pleaded guilty before  U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to bank larceny and money laundering.

From 2011 through 2013, Civella owned and operated a company called C Management Group, LLC, which serviced ATMs in the Kansas City, Mo., metropolitan area. The money in the ATMs belonged to U.S. Bank.

By pleading guilty today, Civella admitted that he stole money from the ATMs by obtaining a maintenance code to access the machines. The government believes that Civella stole approximately $330,040. Civella moved money between the ATM machines in order to conceal the theft.

Civella comingled the stolen money from the ATMs by depositing most of the cash into his personal checking account at the Holy Rosary Credit Union. Civella admitted that he deposited money from the bank larceny scheme into his personal checking account in order to conceal or disguise the location and source of the proceeds of the bank larceny.

Under federal statutes, Civella is subject to a sentence of up to 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $750,000 and an order of restitution. Civella must forfeit to the government a $330,040 money judgment. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

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