April 24, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A pair of Woodsiders will be serving time in jail for their role in an ATM skimming scheme, according to the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Bodgan Stoica, 36, and Janos Mihalka, 37, were part of an elaborate bank skimming scheme along with an Elmhurst man where devices were placed at various ATM’s across Queens to steal financial information from consumers.
Stoica and Milhakla were both sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. The guilty plea came after police searched their 45th Street home and uncovered nearly 300 credit/debit cards, 130 forgery devices, and $20,000 in cash.
Stoica and Milhalka were also seen on surveillance video at seven different banks across Queens installing or removing skimming devices in 2017, the Queens DA said.
The two also used a forged bank card to steal nearly $750 from a Queens woman’s TD Bank account in August.
“For most people ATMs provide a convenient access to their cash, but the defendants in this case took advantage of bank customers reliance on cash machines to steal their PIN codes and other data to create bogus credit cards for illegal use,” said Brown in a statement.
“These kinds of credit card schemes cost hard-working individuals not just money, but time and aggravation trying to repair damage to their credit scores.’