Man Arrested For Skimming Nearly $10,000 From Suffolk Banks
June 14, 2013
Marian Serban, 43, installed hidden video cameras and ATM skimming devices
(Long Island, NY) An immigrant hailing from Romania was arrested this week for allegedly stealing $9,700 from over two dozen bank accounts utilizing various high-tech criminal techniques, according to Identity Theft Section detectives of the Suffolk County Police Department.
Marian Serban, 43, stands accused of installing hidden video cameras and ATM skimming devices at two Suffolk County banks, using the devices to illegally steal funds from 25 bank accounts belonging to 13 different victims, cops said.
Serban was previously arrested in March by Suffolk County Police after he was accused of being responsible for installing similar theft-aiding devices at Astoria Federal Savings banks in Huntington Station and Kings Park.
An ATM skimming device that, once installed in a public ATM machine, is able to produce copies of the magnetic strips present on credit debit cards. These strips can then be used to create fraudulent versions of the cards in question, allowing criminals to make withdrawals from the bank accounts of the cards’ owners.
Serban’s alleged use of hidden spy cameras was to acquire the PIN numbers of the cards he planning on creating copies of, once he had made copies of their magnetic strips with the aforementioned skimming device.
Serban was charged with identity theft and grand larceny. He was arraigned on Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.
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