Antonio Gabor and Simion Tudor Pintilie, believed to be the leaders of a sophisticated international ATM skimming ring that has stolen over $3 million (2.25 million EUR) from more than 6,000 bank accounts, have been indicted.
The suspects, arrested in Skokie, Illinois, back in December 2012, are believed to have installed skimming devices at banks from New York, Illinois, Wisconsin and New Jersey.
According to the US Justice Department, the crooks targeted several financial institutions, including Chase and Capital One.
Gabor, a citizen of Denmark, and Pintilie, a Romanian national, installed skimming devices since at least April 2012 and until December 2012.
Investigators have uncovered computer equipment, over 1,000 plastic cards, skimmers, pin hole cameras, and hundreds of hours of video camera footage showing bank customers entering their PINs at self-storage facilities used by the suspects.
They’ve been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The total sentence for these crimes can be up to 39 and a half years in prison.