A Romanian man has pleaded guilty of conspiring to and following through on an effort to skim information from ATM machines operated by the Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU). The Justice Department announced Oct 21 that Aurel Eremia admitted he and others installed portable card-reading (skimming) devices and camera equipment on the credit union’s equipment. They then electronically stored the personal information they illegally gained, and used it to make unauthorized withdrawals and transfers from compromised accounts in eastern Virginia and elsewhere.
Eremia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. He could face a maximum 30 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and a mandatory two years in prison for identity theft.