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FBI Arrests 3 South Florida Men in ATM-Related Fraud Case


One of the fastest growing crimes, not only in South Florida, but around the nation, is ATM fraud. In this particular type of crime, the criminals themselves need not be present to commit the initial "data-gathering" part of their scam. They simply attach a card-reading device, also known as a skimming device, to an ATM machine in order to collect the banking information on cards that are used at the ATM. Then, they mount a small camera to gather customers personal identification numbers (PIN) and they have all the information they need in order to make counterfeit ATM cards and withdraw funds from unsuspecting customers' accounts. Such was the case with a group of men who recently found themselves at the heart of an FBI investigation into thefts from more than 400 bank customers at 18 different area banks between December 23rd, 2012 and February 3rd, 2013.

As of earlier last week, the FBI had charged 24-year-old Alin Velcu, 19-year-old Antonio Dumitru and 23-year-old Neamtu Vaduva with conspiracy to commit access device fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Then on Friday, February 22, 2013 the FBI reportedly arrested 23-year-old Aris Chiciu, 29-year-old Eugen Bacelan, and 19-year-old Maurizio Margel for the roles they played in the ATM scam and subsequent bank fraud. Their federal detention hearing was scheduled for Thursday, February 28th. The FBI investigation is ongoing.

When an individual attempts to obtain money or property from another through deceptive or illegal means, it can be considered as fraud. Fraud comes in numerous forms, however. There is bank fraud, credit card fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud and many others. If you or a loved one is under investigation, or you have already been arrested, for fraud it is urgent that you contact Michael Mirer, P.A. and speak to one of the knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible. As a former prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, Attorney Mirer is able to offer clients a unique perspective on how their case will not only be presented, but how best to defend their rights as well.

The firm knows how damaging it can be to your family, your career, your reputation and your future for you to be charged with fraud, much less convicted. That is why when you contact the firm, Attorney Mirer will work diligently to review the charges against you and build you the aggressive defense you need when facing federal criminal charges. Contact the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today in order to discuss your case and review your options.