- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Romanian national has pleaded guilty to bank fraud related to the use of ATM “skimming” devices.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite said Thursday that 41-year-old Mihai Alexandru Dinu entered the plea to one count of bank fraud. Court records show Dinu and another man were captured on surveillance video using fake debit cards to withdraw money from three bank accounts. Subsequently, Dinu admitted he was working with a group of people who used fake passports and driver’s licenses to travel to the U.S. for that purpose.

Polite’s office says Dinu also participated in a similar skimming conspiracy in Virginia before coming to Louisiana.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown set sentencing for Sept. 8. Dinu faces up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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