ATM Skimmer Sentenced to Jail

Judges Crack Down on Skimming Rings
ATM Skimmer Sentenced to Jail

A U.S. District Court in Connecticut has handed down a 12-month jail sentence to a New York woman for the role she played in a bank ATM skimming scheme.

Sabrina Matache of Middle Village, N.Y., was found guilty of conspiring with others to install skimming devices on ATMs and ATM vestibule access-points at People's United Bank branches in Connecticut. According to court records, her co-conspirators also collected PINs with hidden pinhole cameras installed near compromised ATMs.

The stolen card data and PINs were later used to create counterfeit debit cards. The card data is believed to have been skimmed between March and April 2010.

Matache has been ordered pay $60,664.

The news of Matache's sentence comes on the heels of another skimming-related conviction in Connecticut. Gabriella Graham, a 21-year-old who once lived in New London, Conn., got 12 months for the role she played an ATM skimming scheme that hit more than 250 bank accounts in New England. [See ATM Skimmer Pleads Guilty.]

Graham pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

These sentences come at a time when U.S. law enforcement is cracking down on skimming crimes.

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In November, a special task force arrested five people for their alleged connection to a $1 million ATM fraud scheme. In a separate case, New York authorities arrested two Bulgarians who had been linked to a similar skimming scheme targeting Chase ATMs in Manhattan. [See Skimmers Busted by Fraud Detection.]

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Tracy Kitten

Tracy Kitten

Former Director of Global Events Content and Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity & CUInfoSecurity

Kitten was director of global events content and an executive editor at ISMG. A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she covered the financial sector for over 10 years. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2010, she covered the financial self-service industry as the senior editor of ATMmarketplace, part of Networld Media. Kitten has been a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences, and was the keynote at ATMIA's U.S. and Canadian conferences in 2009. She has been quoted by, ABC News, and MSN Money.

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