Trio Wanted By FBI in South Florida ATM Scam

FBI looking for three men involved in ATM skimming scam

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    FBI
    L to R: Neamtu Vaduva, Alin Velcu and Antonio Dumitru

    The FBI is asking for the public's help in finding three men wanted in a South Florida ATM skimming scam that swiped information from hundreds of bank customers.

    A federal arrest warrant has been issued for Neamtu Vaduva, 23, Alin Velcu, 24, and Antonio Dumitru, 19, for their alleged participation in the scam, the FBI said Wednesday.

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    Boynton Beach Police said Tuesday they are investigating two suspicious incidents at Publix ATMs, including one involving a credit card skimmer. Meantime, in Coral Springs, Craig London said someone took out $600 from his account using a Publix ATM there. Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McHugh discussed that case.

    All three were last known to stay at various residences in Broward County, the FBI said.

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    Police were investigating the use of a credit card skimming device at a Publix Super Market in Sunny Isles Beach. The incident appears to be related to the similar type of criminal activity in Sea Ranch Lakes, where someone may have installed a skimming device on a Publix ATM.

    Vaduva, Velcu and Dumitru, along with three other men, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, the FBI said.

    According to authorities, the group placed small portable card-reading devices, known as skimming devices, over or inside the card slot of ATM machines, as well as a camera.

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    Sea Ranch Lakes Police released surveillance footage of a person of interest they believe could be responsible for installing skimming devices at a Publix ATM. Although authorities believe they found the illegal device in time, they alerted several people who may have used the machine and urged them to contact their bank.

    The devices read and stored the information given by bank customers while the cameras captured them entering their PIN numbers, authorities said.

    The group then used the information to create counterfeit ATM cards to make unauthorized withdrawals, authorities said.

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    Authorities are investigating after skimming devices were discovered at two Coral Springs Publix ATMs.The news come after the devices were recently found in areas including Sea Ranch Lakes and Sunny Isles. Lt. Joe McHugh believe several people are working together to pull off the scam.

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    Authorities say the group placed the skimmers at 18 bank branches, resulting in the theft of information from at least 407 customers.

    According to the federal criminal complaint, Vaduva was caught red-handed at a Fort Lauderdale bank on Feb. 17. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies doing surveillance observed the 23-year-old removing a skimming device from the card reader at the door of the bank.

    Vaduva was arrested and charged with defrauding a financial institution and fraud, among many charges, authorities said. The BSO has confirmed there was an immigration hold on him. But days after the arrest, on Feb. 21, the federal arrest warrant was issued for him. He is considered a fugitive by the FBI.

    The other three defendants, Aris Chiciu, 23, Eugen Bacelan, 29, and Maurizio Margel, 19, were arrested and made their first court appearance Friday. It was unknown whether they have attorneys.

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the FBI in Miami at 305-944-9101.

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