Federal Grand Jury Indicts Man in US Illegally for ATM Fraud
A federal grand jury has indicted a man who is believed to be in the United States illegally for ATM fraud, which hit customers in the Erie and Meadville areas.
Janos Vaczi, 48, was named in a 12-count indictment for access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Investigators said he installed skimming equipment on ATMs in western Pennsylvania and elsewhere from March 2018 through June 2019, causing losses to banks, credit unions and their customers.
In a complaint filed by a FBI agent, Vaczi installed an ATM skimming device on the drive-thru ATM at the Marquette Savings Bank at 16272 Conneaut Lake Rd., Meadville on May 31, 2019.
The same vehicle was seen on surveillance video the next day installing an ATM skimmer in the same drive-thru lane and again on June 8, according to the criminal complaint.
The bank reported to the FBI on June 19 that at least 264 different bank accounts had money withdrawn using fraudulent debit cards, investigators said. The withdrawals were mostly done using ATMs near or around Erie and Meadville from June 15 through June 20. The maximum amount was withdrawn each time, which was typically $500, according to the criminal complaint. Marquette reported losses of at least $50,000 to the FBI.
Agents said they found more than 80 debit cards, each of which was a prepaid debit card with a sticker that appeared to be a pin number, in a freshly buried shirt buried in the woods by a store in Oakdale, Pa.
Vaczi, a Hungarian national, is believed to have entered the United States illegally in March 2018, according to federal investigators.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of up to 60 years in prison, a fine of up to $750,000 or both.