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Romanian Man Charged with Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

An indictment was filed charging Roman Gridjusko, 28, of the country of Estonia, with one count of bank fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.


As alleged in the indictment, Gridjusko arrived in the United States in late 2016 and almost immediately began engaging in a scheme to obtain money by using stolen debit card account numbers and corresponding stolen debit personal identification numbers (“PINs”).  This included Gridjusko using fraudulent debit cards to access ATMs in order to withdraw money from victim checking accounts.


If convicted of all charges, Gridjusko faces a statutory maximum sentence of 38 years’ imprisonment, which would include a 2-year mandatory minimum sentence, and other penalties.


The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service’s Wilmington, Delaware Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Jayne.


An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 8, 2017

Identity Theft