COURT DOC: Bulgarian National Pleads Guilty to ATM Skimming

August 17, 2021

DoJ announced that a Bulgarian national pleaded guilty yesterday in connection with a scheme to create counterfeit ATM cards and to withdraw money from the bank accounts of unsuspecting customers.

Anatoli Mitrev, 34, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin scheduled sentencing for Oct. 19, 2021. Mitrev was extradited to the United States in March 2021 after he was indicted with co-conspirator, Georgi Kanev, in July 2018.

Mitrev and Kanev installed skimmers and cameras on two Marthas Vineyard Savings Bank ATMs over a period of approximately four weeks in July and August 2013. The devices allowed the defendants to obtain magnetic strip information from ATM customers as well as obtain their PIN numbers. The information was then used to create counterfeit ATM cards to withdraw funds from the compromised accounts.

In May 2021, Judge Sorokin sentenced Kanev to 30 months in prison, one year of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution of $199,624. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice)

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