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Three ATM Skimmers Jailed For Thanksgiving On Case Ranging From Veracruz to Greece Sans Extradition

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 27 – Three men in shackles charged with ATM skimming on Thanksgiving Eve came into and soon left the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court.

One had a French translator and a free lawyer; the other two retained and paid their own counsel.

   Their names were Mircea Constantinescu, Alin Hanes-Calugaru and Dragos Diaconu. Each was dressed in beige prison garb, and each was described in the underlying indictment. Constantinescu "a/k/a 'Sobo' shipped a credit card point-of-sale terminal used to fashion skimming devices from a shipping facility in or around Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania to Veracruz, Mexico, on or about June 26, 2018."

    Hanes-Calugaru for his part "installed skimming devices on an ATM in or around Canterbury, Connecticut on or about January 7 and 14, 2017."

     Diaconu "used fraudulent debit cards to withdraw cash from victim accountholders' bank accounts using ATMs in or around Chattanooga and Ooltewah, Tennessee or about about June 2 and 3, 2018."   

All three were detained. Two will have a bail hearing on December 6 before SDNY Judge Laura T. Swain who has already denied bond in the case to Nikolaos Limberatos a/k/a Nicu Limberto, on the grounds that the US would not seek his extradition from Greece if he managed to flee there.

  Judge Swain did, however, grant co-defendant Andrew Eliopoulos' request to travel to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving.

  All three defendants are slated to appear before Judge Swain on January 9, 2020. The case is US v. Constantinescu, et al., 19-cr-651 (Swain). 

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