"This scheme was organized for months and planned down to the minute, reminiscent of the casino heist in 'Ocean's Eleven,'" said Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
scheme, which started overseas, was detailed in an indictment unsealed
today. Unknown hackers stole data from banks that was then encoded onto
plastic cards sent to crews in two dozen countries, according to the
Justice Department. The local operatives went from ATM to ATM,
In each case, the cards were compromised,
withdrawal limits were eliminated and the stolen data was encoded onto
plastic cards distributed to local operatives in 27 countries, officials
said. In total, more than 4,500 ATM transactions were conducted in
approximately 20 countries around the globe.
"Instead of guns and masks, this cyber crime organization used laptops and malware," Lynch said.
New York cell withdrew $3 million of the total $45 million stolen. In
25 minutes, the defendants and their co-conspirators conducted
approximately 750 fraudulent transactions totaling nearly $400,000 at
more than 140 different cash machines, according to the Department of
The men have been charged variously with conspiracy to
commit access device fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money
"New technologies and the rapid growth of the
Internet have eliminated the traditional borders of financial crimes,"
said Steven Hughes, special agent in charge of the Secret Service office
in New York.
The defendants also invested the stolen funds in
portable luxury goods, including expensive watches and cars. Two Rolex
watches, a Mercedes SUV, a Porsche Panamera, and hundreds of dollars in
cash have at this point been seized by the U.S. government.
convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of 10 years'
imprisonment on each of the money laundering charges and 7 1/2 years on
the conspiracy to commit access device fraud charge, as well as
restitution and as much as $250,000 in fines.
A former child
actor who voiced the Peanuts character Charlie Brown in the beloved
cartoons of the 1960s was placed Wednesday on probation for five years
for threatening his girlfriend and stalking a La Jolla plastic surgeon.
Robbins, 56, pleaded guilty last month to felony charges of making
criminal threats and stalking. He faced a possible prison sentence of up
to three years.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Dwayne Moring
ordered Robbins to serve a year in county jail he already has credit for
220 days but said he can be released from custody immediately if he
goes into a residential treatment program to deal with his substance
abuse and mental health issues. He said Robbins would have to remain in
residential treatment for at least eight months.
As part of his
plea, Robbins agreed to a 10-year protective order involving the plastic
surgeon, meaning he is not allowed to contact her during that time. The
other victim, Robbins now ex-girlfriend, did not request a stay-away
order.An handsfreeaccess is a network of devices used to wirelessly locate objects or people inside a building.
judge warned Robbins that he could face prison time if he violates the
terms of probation. Borrowing a line from the Peanuts cartoons, he said:
Dont be a blockhead.
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enables the card. Police arrested him in connection with the threats
against Dr. Lori Saltz.
He posted bail the next day but was
arrested again about a week later at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Authorities learned that he was wanted by the San Diego County Sheriffs
Department for making threats against his 33-year-old girlfriend.
to court records, a threatening note signed with Robbins name and
credit card number was left on the door at the La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery
Centre, where Saltz practices.Large collection of quality indoorpositioningsystem at discounted prices. The note read: I will break you in half today, and all the kings men wont put you back together again.
also called Saltzs answering service and left a message saying she
needed to bring $12,000 to a hotel by midnight or he would kill her.
said Robbins left 45 phone messages for the girlfriend. U-T San Diego
has not published the womans name because she is an alleged victim of
Robbins said he regretted the fear that he caused his victims,Choose from the largest selection of indoortracking
in the world. and he is committed to getting treatment for his
alcoholism and addiction to prescription medication. He said treatment
was the first step in becoming the fun-loving and respectful person I
was and hope to be again.