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Guilty plea in bank card 'skimmer' case

Teodora Zaharia, 28, of Kew Gardens, is expected

Teodora Zaharia, 28, of Kew Gardens, is expected to be sentenced April 21, when prosecutors will ask for nine months in jail and the forfeiture of $61,251.85 in cash found at her Queens apartment, authorities said. Photo Credit: Nassau District Attorney

A woman who was caught last year retrieving bank card "skimmer" devices at the Sea Cliff train station pleaded guilty Friday to fourth-degree grand larceny, the Nassau District Attorney's office said.

Teodora Zaharia, 28, of Kew Gardens, is expected to be sentenced April 21, when prosecutors will ask for nine months in jail and the forfeiture of $61,251.85 in cash found at her Queens apartment, authorities said.

She and her husband, Valer Zaharia, 38, were spotted retrieving two skimmer devices and two hidden cameras from the ticket vending machines at the Long Island Rail Road station on Oct. 28, authorities said. They were arrested, unaware that MTA police had been monitoring the station for more than 72 hours, and accused of installing the devices at several train stations, authorities said.

The couple were part of a ring that stole debit and credit card account and PIN numbers, information used to steal tens of thousands of dollars from riders' and financial institutions, prosecutors said.

Two others in the case pleaded guilty last week to felony criminal possession of forgery device. The case against Valer Zaharia, charged in a 14-count indictment, is still pending, prosecutors said. A warrant was issued for a fifth ring memb

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