- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New York City man has admitted his role in a ring that stole bank account information by installing card-reading devices and pinhole cameras in automatic cash machines.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say 35-year-old Joel Abel Garcia pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The Bronx man faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug. 2.

Garcia is the third of 13 defendants in the matter to plead guilty.

Prosecutors say he and other conspirators illegally obtained account numbers, personal identification numbers and other information about bank customers. They then used counterfeit ATM cards and stolen customer information to withdraw cash in New Jersey.

The skimming scheme caused at least $428,581 in losses, $132,805 of which was personally attributable to Garcia.



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