- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Romanian man charged with participating in a large-scale scheme to rip off automatic cash machines has been extradited to face charges in New Jersey.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Alin Dumitru Carabus is to appear in federal court in Newark Friday.

Carabus was arrested in Spain. He’s charged with bank fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, possessing counterfeit access devices and conspiracy to possess the devices.

The bank fraud conspiracy count carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old Carabus and others stole bank account information by “skimming” ATM machines using card-reading devices. They allegedly operated in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and other states.

The scheme’s ringleader, 33-year-old Marius Vintila, has pleaded guilty.

Authorities say financial institutions were defrauded of at least $5 million.

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