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An Oklahoma federal judge sentenced Marinel Muchie on Tuesday to 34 months in prison for stealing nearly $416,000 from ATMs at three credit unions and a bank.

In his plea agreement, Muchie admitted that he and co-defendant Iancu Ovidiu Florea targeted Tinker Federal Credit Union ATMs in Yukon, Moore, south Oklahoma City and Tulsa throughout July and August 2019. Florea and Muchie placed skimming devices and tiny cameras on ATMs to steal and store account data, including personal identification numbers when members used their debit cards. They used this stolen information to create phony debit cards to siphon funds from credit union member accounts.

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