Regional Briefs – July 8, 2015

ATM ‘Skimming’ Scam Ring Head Sentenced to 10 Years

NEWARK – A Romanian native of New York who led a scheme that used card-reading devices to steal bank information from ATMs and cameras to record PIN numbers was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison, The Associated Press reported. Marius Vintila, 32, must also pay $7.5 million in restitution.

At Least 5 Kids Got Wrong Immunizations at N.J. Clinic

SALEM, N.J. – At least five children were given the wrong immunizations at a health clinic for the uninsured, including a 2-year-old boy who got an “excessive dose” of a cancer prevention vaccine, The Associated Press reported. The “Shots for Tots” program has been shuttered. None of the children show adverse health effects.

Dozens of Horses Gallop To Freedom From Stable

MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. – About 30 horses made a great escape Monday night from their stable, The Associated Press reported. They made it down the road before being corralled back into servitude.

Police Catch 1 of 3 Teens Who Escaped Detention

NEWARK – One of the three teens who escaped from a Ringwood jail was captured Monday in Newark, The Associated Press reported. They fled on June 28 by attacking a 71-year-old worker and driving off in his van with a 29-year-old woman in the backseat.

Christie Signs Higher Earned Income Tax Credit Into Law

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday signed legislation increasing a tax credit for low earners from 20 to 30 percent of a similar federal rebate. This will benefit about 500,000 families with incomes up to $52,000 a year, with the credit rising from roughly $420 to $630.

Virtual Burglar Steals Entire House

ALBANY – Forget the kitchen sink. Michael O’Brien was convicted for transferring ownership of a house from an elderly woman. Posing as a grandson, he used two home health aides to manipulate the victim into losing her home of 30 years and then tried to sell it.