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2 Chicago men plead guilty to ATM ‘skimming’

Two Chicago men have pleaded guilty to rigging ATM machines to skim customers’ bank accounts and PINs, costing the bank they targeted more than $100,000.

Anguel Marinkov, 41, pleaded guilty to continuing a financial crimes enterprise, and Radomir Georgiev, 33, pleaded guilty to identity theft, according to the Illinois attorney general’s office, which prosecuted the case.

Cook County Judge Michael Howlett sentenced both men to three years in prison.

Prosecutors said the two placed electronic devices on ATMs belonging to Chase Bank branches in Cook County and southeastern Wisconsin, allowing them to obtain the financial information of nearly 500 people and gain access to millions of dollars in bank accounts.

Chase is estimated to have lost more than $100,000, according to the attorney general’s office.

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