New Yorkers face multiple charges for ATM skimming scheme
Three New York residents were indicted on numerous charges after an alleged spree of "skimming" schemes across Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Mehmet Aydin, 42, of Miller Place, N.Y., Ahmet Cilak, 40, of Levittown, N.Y., and Gabriella Graham, 21, of Miller Place, N.Y., were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, six counts of bank fraud and six counts of identity theft by a grand jury, according to a press release from U.S. Department of Justice.
The Darien Police Department arrested Cilak after receiving reports of a skimming device being placed on an ATM at Bank of America.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. June 24, police responded to the Bank of America at 7 Sedgwick Ave. Bank personnel claimed an ATM skimming device was placed on the ATM. A skimming device is an electronic reader used to illegally capture credit card and ATM card information as well as PIN numbers associated with the card.
Members of the Darien Police Department and members of the Connecticut Financial Crimes Unit conducted a surveillance of the bank and subsequently observed a white male wearing a camouflage shirt acting suspiciously in the area. The man, Cilak, was detained in the area of Old King's Highway North and Brookside Road.
The charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud carry a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million, on each count. The charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory term of imprisonment of two years, which must be imposed consecutively to a sentence imposed on any other count of conviction, the press release said.
Cilak, Aydin and Graham all plead not guilty to the charges.