FORT WAYNE – An individual who presented identification as Tirlea Dumitru was charged by criminal complaint with defrauding a financial institution and possessing access device making equipment, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II in a news release Monday afternoon.

Kirsch is with the Department of Justice, Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne.





According to the release, on or about Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, Dumitru attempted to execute a scheme to defraud a federally insured financial institution.

Law enforcement has been investigating several reports of skimming devices being placed on bank ATMs, as well as gas station credit card readers at gas pumps. The device captures the credit and debit card numbers of unsuspecting victims and stores the numbers. After time the device is removed and the information from the skimming device is used to produce fraudulent credit/debit cards for unauthorized transactions.

In this case, Lake City Bank in Warsaw reported a device on its ATM on Nov. 28. Law enforcement conducted surveillance on the affected ATM.

On Nov. 30, Dumitru pulled up on the ATM and, not having enough time to complete a transaction, drove off. Law enforcement followed, conducted a traffic stop and arrested him.

Dumitru was identified based on ATM surveillance video as the man who placed the device on the ATM on Nov. 28.

In a telephone call Monday afternoon, Kirsch said Dumitru had an initial hearing Monday and will have a second hearing today because a Romanian interpreter was not available for the first hearing but will be available today.

Dumitru was still in custody as of Monday afternoon, Kirsch said.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the federal sentencing guidelines.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Indiana State Police Organize Crime and Corruption Unit and Warsaw Police Department and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey Speith.