Alin Velcu and his accomplice, Antonio Dumitru, are wanted for their alleged involvement in an ATM skimming operation that occurred in Florida.
Velcu and his accomplice allegedly placed miniature cameras as well as small, portable card-reading devices, known as "skimming" devices, over or inside the mouth of the card slot of ATM machines. The "skimming" device read and stored the information encoded on the magnetic stripes of the debit or credit cards that were introduced in the ATM by legitimate bank customers, while the camera captured customers entering their Personal Identification Numbers (PINs). Velcu and his group would then remove the undetected "skimming" device and camera, then use the information to create counterfeit ATM cards. These counterfeit ATM cards were then used in combination with the PINs to make unauthorized withdrawals from the legitimate bank customers' accounts.
Between November 2012 and February 2013, it is alleged that the members of this conspiracy placed or attempted to place "skimming" devices on ATMs at a total of 18 bank branches, resulting in the theft of at least 407 bank customers' information.
A federal arrest warrant was issued for Velcu and his accomplice on February 21, 2013, in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach, Florida, after they were charged federally with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud.
Velcu is not a United States citizen. His last known entry into the United States was in April 2012 through Tucson, Arizona. He is known to be a frequent traveler, and does not have a permanent residence. Velcu was last known to stay at various residences in Broward County, Florida.