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Sentence in ATM Skimming Case

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Romanian citizen has been sentenced in Connecticut to nearly four years in prison for his role in what authorities say was a multistate scheme to install “skimming” devices on automated teller machines to withdraw cash from customers’ accounts.

Dragos Osanu  was sentenced Friday in federal court in Bridgeport to 46 months. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Osanu and others conspired to install the devices in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to capture information encoded on the magnetic strips of ATM bank cards. Authorities say the scheme resulted in a loss of more than $200,000 for the banks. Osanu admitted the banks lost more than $70,000 as a result of his participation in the conspiracy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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