(WAFB) - A Romanian national has been sentenced for his role in an ATM card skimming conspiracy that took place in the Baton Rouge area.
Alexandru-Nicusor Nita, 38, was sentenced Thursday, Dec. 13 to two years in federal prison after committing conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He was also ordered to pay $149,802 in restitution.
As part of his guilty plea, Nita admitted to committing bank fraud with another co-conspirator. The Department of Justice says Nita installed ATM skimming devices on ATMs at several financial institutions across the Baton Rouge area, as well as other areas in Louisiana. These devices captured the financial information of hundreds of customers. The stolen information was then encoded onto blank debit and gift cards.
Nita also installed overhead cameras near these ATMs to capture people’s PINs.
The fraudulent cards were then used to make unauthorized withdrawals from victims' bank accounts.
“The theft of personal financial information is a serious problem which threatens our citizens' security. Our office will prosecute these matters vigorously to protect innocent victims from this terrible crime. The efforts of our prosecutors, along with federal and local law enforcement, were invaluable in bringing these foreign nationals to justice,” said US Attorney Brandon Fremin.