Romanian man facing 21 years for credit card skimming scheme

FOND DU LAC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Romanian man is facing up to 21 years in prison for a credit card skimming operation in Fond du Lac County.

Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says Catalin A. Capanu pleaded guilty to six felonies--three counts of Wire Fraud, three counts of Theft from a Financial Institution.

He also pleaded no contest to a charge of Battery by Prisoner.

A criminal complaint states that Capanu was arrested on June 10 after someone reported suspicious activity at a credit union ATM in Fond du Lac.

Capanu was the passenger of the vehicle spotted at the ATM. A witness Capanu and the driver, Mihai-Alexandru Preda, attempting to withdraw $1,000, but the requests were denied.

Police later stopped the vehicle and found ATM receipts, 137 debit cards, and thousands of dollars in cash.

Capanu agreed to plead guilty to the wire fraud and theft charges. Forty-one other charges were dismissed but read into the record.

Capanu also faced potential charges in Brown County and Dane County--those will not be filed as part of the plea agreement.

Capanu will be sentenced July 9 in Fond du Lac County. DA Toney says he faces up to 21 years in prison and 21 years on extended supervision.

Mihai-Alexandru Preda has a jury trial scheduled for October. He's been charged with 40 counts.