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Romanian Man Allegedly Rigged L.I. ATMs, Stole $10K

Marian Serban, 43, faces charges of grand larceny and identity theft

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    A Romanian citizen was arrested for allegedly rigging two ATMs at Long Island banks to steal nearly $10,000 from more than a dozen victims, authorities said. 

    Marian Serban, 43, was arrested in March in connection with one of the schemes; investigators say he allegedly installed a skimming device and pinhole video camera on an ATM at the Astoria Federal Savings Bank in Kings Park.

    Further investigator revealed he allegedly similarly configured another ATM in Huntington Station. Between the two, he's accused of stealing $9,700 from 13 different victims and obtaining financial information for at least 25 separate accounts. 

    Police say Serban lives in Romanian but has been known to stay at various hotels when in the United States. He has previously traveled to Miami, Florida and Las Vegas. 

    Serban is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges of grand larceny and identity theft. Information on an attorney for him wasn't immediately available.

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