A 32-year-old New York City woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on Tuesday to participating in an ATM-skimming scheme targeting banks in lower Fairfield County.
Laura Stiuca, of Queens, New York, admitted to installing skimming devices on ATMs at People’s United Bank in Greenwich, Stamford and Darien.
Authorities say Stiuca’s accomplices, Nadia Pasici and Sabrina Batache, also from Queens, New York, also pleaded guilty to the offenses.
It is alleged that Stiuca, a Romanian citizen, Pasici and Batache place a device on the card swipe-access devices to enter the bank’s ATM lobby doors.
Authorities say they also placed devices on the ATMs and placed hidden cameras on the machines to record customers keying their PIN devices on the ATMs. .
The group then took the information to create counterfeit bank cards, which they used to withdraw funds from customers’ accounts.
The women were arrested on April 22, 2010 at a shopping Center in Darien, where they were attempting to make withdrawals using the bogus cards.
Stiuca is scheduled to be sentenced on October 26. Pasici and Matache are waiting to be sentenced.
Authorities say the People’s Bank in Cos Cob was hit.