CRIME

Man Pleads Guilty To Lucrative ATM Skimming Scheme

Jul 15, 2020, 4:21 PM
Alexandru Cosmin Licsor. (Courtesy Tooele County Sheriff's Office)...
Alexandru Cosmin Licsor. (Courtesy Tooele County Sheriff's Office)
(Courtesy Tooele County Sheriff's Office)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A Romanian citizen pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to stealing money and bank card information from customers at several Salt Lake City ATM locations.

Alexandru Cosmin Licsor, 38, admitted in court that he installed skimmer devices equipped with magnetic card readers, data recorders, digital cameras, and batteries at Zions Bank ATMs along the Wasatch Front, according to the office of U.S. Attorney John Huber.

The skimming equipment collected bank customer card data and the camera recorded the PIN pad as customers entered their codes. Banking information was stolen from at least 2,732 customers between January and February of 2015.

Court documents said Licsor attempted to withdraw $512,960.13 and actually stole $189,740.30.

FBI agents arrested Licsor in Romania in late 2019 after tracking him around the globe for years.

He faces up to seven years in prison when he is set to be sentenced in September.

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