Turkish man sentenced for role in ATM scheme

FI-PoliceAhmet Cilek, a citizen of Turkey last residing in Levittown, N.Y. has been sentenced to 62 months of federal imprisonment for his role in an ATM skimming scheme across southern New England including Greenwich.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between February 2011 and July 2011, Mr. Cilek, Mehmet Aydin, Gabriella Graham and others conspired to install skimming devices on automated teller machines at 11 banks and one credit union in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The devices were able to capture the information encoded on the magnetic strips of bank cards used by ATM customers. The co-conspirators also placed devices on the ATMs that contained hidden pinhole cameras, which recorded the personal identification numbers that bank customers keyed into the ATMs to gain access to their accounts. The co-conspirators used the stolen information captured by the skimming devices and pinhole cameras to create counterfeit bank cards that allowed them to withdraw funds from the customers’ accounts.

Approximately 500 bank accounts were victimized and financial institutions have suffered losses of approximately $336,057.64 as a result of this scheme. As part of his sentence, Mr. Cilek was ordered to make full restitution, jointly and severally with his co-defendants.

The 43-year-old has been detained since his arrest in Darien on June 20, 2011. On April 9, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Mr. Aydin and Ms. Graham also pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to 59 months and 45 months of imprisonment, respectively.

This investigation was conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Internal Revenue Service — Criminal Investigation, Connecticut State Police, and the Greenwich, Hartford, Stamford, Shelton and Stratford Police Departments.

Acting U.S. attorney Deirdre Daly specifically recognized the efforts of the Greenwich Police Department, Darien Police Department, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, and U.S. Secret Service in Boston and Providence for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this matter.

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© Hersam Acorn. All rights reserved. The Greenwich Post, 10 Corbin Drive, Floor 3, Darien, CT 06820

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress