Romanian linked to ATM skimmer in Gunbarrel found guilty on 22 of 23 counts

Victims glad 'someone held accountable'
Posted at 9:51 AM, Jan 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 11:49:50-05

DENVER -- When authorities released video of a skimming device that was found on a Wells Fargo ATM in Gunbarrel in December of 2015, they didn't know if they'd find the thief who placed it there.

But they did.

Laurentiu Urziceanu, 26, was arrested a few weeks later in Illinois.

He was indicted on 23 counts of fraud, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and bulk cash smuggling out of the United States.

On Thursday, jurors found Urziceanu guilty on 22 of the 23 counts. He was found not guilty on the bulk cash smuggling charge.

"I'm glad they got him," said Boulder resident Arthur Lane.

Lane was one of many victims.

"I guess I went in there to pull $20 or $40 from the ATM," he said. "The next thing I know, Wells Fargo called me and said, 'did you spend $300 in Fort Collins and $300 dollars somewhere else?' And I said, 'No.'"

Lane said Wells Fargo told him that 33 people were hacked in the Gunbarrel area.

Another victim, Rob Haslinger, told Denver7 that the thief or theives "drained my account."

"I'm glad they found him guilty," Haslinger said by phone.

Court documents show that Orziceanu skimmed information from the victims' ATM, credit or debit cards and then created duplicate cards and withdrew cash, $300 at a time, from multiple accounts in Fort Collins, Lone Tree and Boulder.

Lane told Denver7 he's glad someone is being held accountable.

"I think there are a lot of people who get away with it," he said.  "I've heard horror stories about (similar scams targeting) Chase Manhattan and J.P. Morgan," the former New Yorker said.

Lane said Wells Fargo credited his account, so he didn't lose any cash. Still, he says, he feels "violated" that someone stole his financial identity.

Orziceanu is still awaiting sentencing.


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