NEWARK, N.J. – A Romanian native who led a scheme that used card-reading devices to lift bank information from ATMs and steal more than $5 million has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Marius Vintila also must pay about $7.5 million in restitution under the sentence imposed Tuesday. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identify theft.
The 32-year-old Vintila was among 16 people charged in the scheme, many of them Romanian nationals living in New York. Thirteen have pleaded guilty or been convicted.
The scheme targeted thousands of customers in states including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Florida by attaching card-reading devices to ATMs to steal account information. The group also used pinhole cameras to record customers typing in personal identification numbers.