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Police get Lead in ATM Skimming Ring
Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 12:07 PM gHale
A Romanian national ended up arrested after using a cloned credit or debit card made with an ATM skimming machine to withdraw cash from a local woman’s account, police said.
The woman’s husband alerted police when he noticed unusual activity on her bank statement, police said. When police arrived at the Bank of America ATM on High Street in Medford, MA, they said Bogdan Mocanu, 34, was leaving the vestibule carrying a large amount of cash and 7 cloned cards.
After his arrest, Mocanu made statements to investigators they believe could connect him to a ring of Romanian nationals that federal officials, including ICE and the Secret Service, have been monitoring.
They say the ring could be responsible for $1 million in theft from Bank America alone.
Medford police said they believe Mocanu is responsible for over $100,000 in theft at Bank of America and connected him to 4 other fraud cases in Billerica, Woburn, Cambridge and Burlington, MA.
Mocanu is facing charges of identity fraud, larceny, and improper use and forgery of a credit card. He ended up ordered held on $250,000 bail, and must wear a GPS device and surrender his passport if he is able to post that bail.