2 more members of ATM skimmer ring plead guilty

NEWARK– Two men who were among 13 people accused of using secret card readers and pinhole cameras attached to ATMs to obtain banking information pleaded guilty Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Florin Mares, 49, and Gabriel Mares, 44, of College Point, N.Y., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for their roles in the scheme, through which members of the ring stole at least $428,000.

The Mareses admitted that between March 2015 and July 2016, they used counterfeit ATM cards containing the stolen data to make cash withdrawals.

They are scheduled to be sentenced in November, when they face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

With their pleas, the Mareses become the 10th and 11th of the 13 defendants charged in the case to be convicted.


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