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Romanian citizen arrested for ATM skimming scam

CENTRAL ISLIP - Suffolk County Police arrested a Romanian citizen who stole approximately $9,700 by installing a skimming device and pinhole video camera at two Astoria Federal Savings banks.

Identity Theft Section detectives arrested Marian Serban on March 13, 2013, after an investigation revealed that he had placed a skimming device and pinhole video camera on an ATM at the Astoria Federal Savings bank located at 33 Main St., Kings Park.

Further investigation revealed that on March 10, Serban also installed a skimming device and a pinhole video camera at the Astoria Federal Savings bank located at 320 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station.  Using these devices, Serban stole approximately $9,700 from 13 different victims and obtained financial information for 25 different accounts.

Serban, 43, resides in Romania and has been known to stay at various hotels when in the United States and he has previously traveled to Miami, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada.  Serban was arrested at First District Court located at 400 Carleton Ave., Central Islip at 11:45 a.m. after a court appearance for the March 13 incident.  He was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, two counts of Identity Theft 2nd Degree and Identity Theft 3rd Degree.