- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal authorities in New Jersey say three New York City men have pleaded guilty to roles in an ATM “skimming” ring that stole millions of dollars from U.S. bank customers.

Emil Revesz, also known as Daniel Laptes; Constantin Pendus, also known as Florin Bodgan Hristea, and Florin Apetrei, all pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Revesz also pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say the ring stole banking and credit card information by installing devices on ATMs to retrieve customer account information, and also installed pinhole cameras in bank vestibules to record ATM users’ keystrokes to get personal identification numbers. They then used that information to create fake ATM cards that were then used to withdraw millions of dollars in cash from bank ATMs.

From June 2012 through July 2013, the conspirators stole more than $5 million overall from Wells Fargo, Citibank, and TD Bank.

The alleged thefts took place in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

All three men, who all live in Queens, face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the bank conspiracy charge. Revesz also faces an additional two years for the aggravated identity theft charge, a sentence that would have to be served consecutively to the bank conspiracy charge.

All three men are scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 17.

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