- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say a 37-year-old Romanian man has pleaded guilty to bank fraud through ATM “skimming” devices.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (puh-LEET) says Marinica Mirel Cotoi faces up to 30 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and deportation. He says District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown scheduled sentencing Dec. 3.

According to court documents, a state and federal investigation began in January of fake debit cards that used numbers illegally collected through “skimming devices” installed on ATMs.

Prosecutors say in a news release that, shortly after Cotoi and another man rented a hotel room in Covington, surveillance video showed Cotoi using fake debit cards to withdraw money from three local bank accounts.

The statement did not give Cotoi’s home town.

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