Federal prosecutors say a Renton woman was part of an organized international crime ring that victimized hundreds of people.
A Renton woman who was part of an ATM “skimming” ring that stole money from 237 bank accounts, including one belonging to U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, has been sentenced to four years in a federal prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko also ordered Ana M. Crisan, 43, to pay $125,241 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Washington, which prosecuted Crisan.
Crisan was arrested last year after she was recognized from surveillance videos by a bank investigator in Lynnwood who saw Crisan installing a card “skimmer” on a bank ATM.
Federal prosecutors said Crisan was part of an organized international crime ring that victimized hundreds of people, including Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington.
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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District prosecuted the case because Durkan was a victim of the ring that included Crisan.
Skimmers use several methods to collect information, federal prosecutors said.
They install tiny devices on ATMs to collect information from bank cards and pinhole cameras to capture personal identification codes.
They also can use actual card slots, purchased from teller-machine manufacturers, which have been outfitted with card readers that can download a victim’s information through a USB port, prosecutors said.
The thieves then forge new cards or download the information onto gift cards and systematically empty the victim’s bank account, prosecutors said.
Durkan said at a news conference last year that $1,000 was taken from her account after she used an ATM that had been rigged by skimmers.
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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