A Romanian man inside the United States without authorization pleaded guilty Thursday to “skimming” automated teller machines.
Marinica Cotoi, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. He placed “skimmers” on ATMs to illegally collect debit card numbers, then used fake debit cards bearing those numbers to withdraw money from local banks.
He was renting a hotel room in Covington at the time, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Anna Christman.
Cotoi faces up to 30 years in prison and deportation. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3 by U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown.