Romanian man sentenced to federal prison for Oshkosh skimming scheme

Published: Dec. 21, 2018 at 11:58 AM CST
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A Romanian man has been sentenced to federal prison for an ATM skimming scheme that ended in Oshkosh.

Ionel Muresanu, 18, was sentenced to nearly five years behind bars for possession and use of counterfeit debit cards and aggravated identity theft. On Dec. 19, he appeared before a District Court Judge in Milwaukee for sentencing.

Muresanu was arrested May 16 in Oshkosh. Officers found him in possession of 80 counterfeit cards. They found an additional 14 cards on his young companion. Six more cards were found at a store where Muresanu and the juvenile companion were spotted using them.

At trial, the jury heard testimony that Muresanu and his companion placed skimmers and pinhole cameras on ATM machines. They captured account information and transferred that information to magnetic stripes of generic gift cards.

Muresanu and others would travel around the country and use the counterfeit cards to steal money from accounts.

The jury found him guilty last September.

"In his statements to the police, Muresanu admitted that he had placed skimming and pinhole devices on ATM machines in Nashville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Georgia, and Kansas City, Missouri," reads a statement from the United States Attorney. "He told police that after the counterfeit cards were created, he and his accomplices waited for several months before traveling to different states to use the cards."

Judge J.P. Stadtmueller called identity theft "one of the worst crimes he could image."

In addition to the prison sentence, the judge ordered Muresanu to pay nearly $147,000 in restitution.