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APD’s Organized Crime Unit Arrests Two with Alleged Ties to Fraud Ring

Half a million dollars skimmed from ATM machines

Wed. Dec. 21, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit arrested Cirstian Mr Ion-Dinu, 35, and Ion-Costinel Matusanu, 47, for ties to a large fraud ring involving skimming ATM’s across Albuquerque.

The two men are suspected of working in concert with one another for the last few months to place "skimmers" on numerous local CU Anytime ATM's to discreetly obtain victim credit card information and PIN numbers. The scheme allowed the men to steal a total of $500,000.  

The Organized Crime Unit worked with other units to conduct surveillance on the men who are both non-U.S. citizens from Europe. Homeland Security Investigations is moving forward with the case federally as it has ties out of state, and likely out of the country.