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2 men charged with ATM skimming in Mount Vernon

Cristian Dumitrescu, 27, and Marius Stanga, 39, are

Cristian Dumitrescu, 27, and Marius Stanga, 39, are charged with felony criminal possession of a forgery device. (Jan. 9, 2013) Photo Credit: Mount Vernon mayor's office

Two men were arrested on forgery-related charges after Mount Vernon police and federal agents spotted them at a bank ATM with a device intended for stealing customers' account information, officials said.

Cristian Dumitrescu, 27, and Marius Stanga, 39, who officials said "purport themselves to be homeless," were charged with felony criminal possession of a forgery device, the office of Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis said in a statement Wednesday.

Mount Vernon police detectives and U.S. Secret Service agents saw Dumitrescu and Stanga with the skimming device during a stakeout Friday at the Chase Bank at 515 S. Columbus Ave., officials said.

ATM skimmers fit on top of legitimate card slots and store card information that can be recovered later; they are often accompanied by cameras installed elsewhere on the ATM to record customers typing their personal identification numbers.

Dumitrescu has one previous arrest, on charges of assault and reckless endangerment in Washington State, officials said. Stanga has no reported previous arrests.

Stanga and Dumitrescu were arraigned Monday before Mount Vernon City Court Judge William Edwards and sent to Westchester County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. They both are scheduled to appear again in city court Thursday.

City court records list Stanga as being represented by the Legal Aid Society of Westchester; Dumitrescu is represented by Kenneth Saltzman of Mount Vernon. Calls to Legal Aid and Saltzman were not immediately returned Wednesday.

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