DA: Jail time for 2 more involved in 'skimming' scam using LIRR ticket machines

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Two Queens men involved in a "skimming" scam using Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines to steal money from commuters were each sentenced Thursday to 1 year in jail, prosecutors said.

Nassau County Court Supervising Judge Christopher Quinn also ordered Dorin Husa, 38, and Niculae Petre, 46, both of Elmhurst, to forfeit $7,000 investigators found in their shared apartment -- money "considered to be proceeds from their crimes," the Nassau County district attorney's office said in a news release.

Husa and Petre, who pleaded guilty in March to criminal possession of forgery devices, join a husband and wife from Kew Gardens who also had admitted to the scam, prosecutors said.

Valer Zaharia, 38, was sentenced Tuesday to 2 to 6 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree conspiracy. Zaharia waived his right to appeal and agreed to forfeit more than $60,000 in cash found in the apartment he shared with his wife, prosecutors said.

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His wife, Teodora Zaharia, 28, was sentenced last month to 9 months in jail after pleading guilty in March to fourth-degree grand larceny and also agreeing to forfeit the money.

The Zaharias were arrested last October after Metropolitan Transportation Authority police caught them retrieving skimmer devices and hidden cameras from ticket vending machines at the Sea Cliff LIRR station.

A day after the Zaharias were arrested, MTA detectives executed a search warrant at Husa and Petre's residence "and recovered materials used to manufacture credit card skimmers and cameras," and the $7,000 "obtained using stolen bank information," prosecutors said.

Cezar Nastasa, charged with being part of the scam, fled to Great Britain on Oct. 31, officials said. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

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