New York woman sentenced for ATM skimming involvement
Nadia Pasici, 50 of Middle Village, N.Y., was sentenced to one year in prison followed by two years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Pasici Laura Stiuca, Sabrina Matache, Ion Constantine and others worked together to install "skimming" devices on ATMs, and on card swipe access devices used by banks to control access to ATM lobby doors, at People's United Bank locations in Connecticut. The devices were used to capture information on the magnetic strips of banks cards to access ATM lobbies. Hidden cameras were also installed to record personal identification numbers to gain access to customers' accounts, the press release said. Pasici, Stiuca, Matache and Constantine then used the information to make counterfeit bank cards to access the accounts.
Pasici, Stiuca and Matache were arrested April 22, 2010, in Darien with $2,000 in cash, hand-written addresses, ATM skimming tools and other items. Pasici plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, the press release said. Constantine was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison and Matache was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.
Stuica is still waiting to be sentenced.