2 Romanians sentenced in multistate ATM skimming scheme

BOSTON (AP) — Two Romanian nationals convicted in a multistate ATM skimming scheme have been sentenced to prison.

They are part of a group that obtained debit card numbers and PINs from unsuspecting bank customers, then made unauthorized withdrawals from victims’ bank accounts.

Federal officials say the women installed ATM skimming devices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Prosecutors say the money was transferred to parties throughout the U.S., Romania and China.

Twenty-seven-year-old Denisa Bonculescu was sentenced Friday in Massachusetts to 21 months in prison; 24-year-old Anamaria Margel was sentenced to 16 months. The two will pay more than $70,000 combined in restitution and could face deportation.

Attorneys for them couldn’t be reached for comment. The women are among seven people who pleaded guilty in the scheme in December.

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