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Man admits to $1.2M ATM skimming scheme

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A Chilean national has pleaded guilty in federal court to an ATM skimming scheme that caused $1.2 million in losses to banks and customers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

Roberto De Miranda Martinez, 43, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He will be sentenced on Aug. 1.

De Miranda Martinez was arrested in Colonial Heights, Virginia in January as he was installing a skimming device and camera on an ATM.

Chambersburg police said he was part of a crime ring that placed skimming devices at multiple F&M Trust branches in early November. They credited their license plate reader technology, cell phone tracking technology, and cooperation with the FBI and F&M Trust security officers with the arrest. 

Surveillance cameras photographed a black 2017 GMC Terrain with Virginia plates during one of the Chambersburg incidents.

Other suspects are expected to be charged.

Skimming devices are placed on ATMs and gas pumps to secretly record debit or credit card information. The information is used to make fraudulent bank cards, which are then used to make cash withdrawals and purchases.

The Chambersburg thefts occurred around the same time as similar incidents in Boiling Springs, Carlisle, and Mechanicsburg.


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