A Romanian national has admitted that he conspired to defraud Bank of America of more than $150,000 by using skimming devices and cameras at ATMs in Buffalo and Rochester
Giovani Hornea, 20, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Hornea, another Romanian national, Nicolae Sarbu, and others used skimming devices and cameras on seven occasions at automated teller machines in the Buffalo and Rochester areas, as well as in Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The devices recorded customers' bank account information and personal identification numbers and the conspirators then used that information to make unauthorized withdrawals of cash from the various ATMs.
A skimmer is a device that records bank account information from a customer’s debit card when the card is inserted into an ATM.
The total loss suffered by Bank of America as a result of this fraudulent activity was $156,266, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Sarbu has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing in the case.