4 New Yorkers Admit Roles in NJ ATM-Skimming Scheme


ATM skimmingFour New York residents have admitted their roles in a bank ATM skimming scheme in New Jersey that garnered them more than $400,000.

The defendants — Marcel Peckham, of Little Neck; Silvester Florentin Papp, of Ridgewood, and Glendale residents Catalin Mihai Dragomir and Eduard Vasilica Ticu — all pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Each defendant faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Their sentencing will be Oct. 23.

Federal prosecutors say the four and others sought to defraud banks and their customers by illegally obtaining customer account and personal information through secret card-reading devices and pinhole cameras.

Peckham admitted providing counterfeit ATM cards to other conspirators, while the other three admitted making unauthorized cash withdrawals using the counterfeit cards.

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