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Romanian ATM Skimmer Gets Over 5 Years of Jail Time

Romanian ATM Skimmer Gets Over 5 Years of Jail Time (Threat Actors)

Romanian national Bogdan Viorel Rusu was sentenced on Monday to 65 months in prison for running a multi-state ATM card skimming operation that caused losses close to $1 million. For over two years between August 3, 2014, until November 14, 2016, Rusu was able to steal payment card information from over 531 people using ATMs in the states of Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Simple ATM skimming The data was stolen using skimming devices and pinhole cameras or keypad overlays captured the PIN when customers would use a bank's ATM. In September 2018, Rusu pleaded guilty "to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a multi-state card skimming scheme." In a federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, Rusu received 65 months of jail time in federal prison and five years of supervised release. It is unclear what kind of skimmers Rusu and his co-conspirators were using, but it appears that it was the cheaper one, that did not allow sending the captured information over the air as they had to retrieve the devices from the ATMs to get the payment data.

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