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DA: LIRR Credit Card ‘Skimmers’ Plead Guilty

Two plead guilty in scam to steal financial info from LIRR commuters.

Dorin Husa, 37, and Niculae Petre, 45, both of Elmhurst, pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of criminal possession of forgery devices. (Photo: NCDA)
Dorin Husa, 37, and Niculae Petre, 45, both of Elmhurst, pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of criminal possession of forgery devices. (Photo: NCDA)

Two men admitted to being part of a scam to steal financial information from Long Island Railroad passengers using hidden cameras and credit card skimmers, announced the Nassau County District Attorney.

Dorin Husa, 37, and Niculae Petre, 45, both of Elmhurst, pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of criminal possession of forgery devices.

Prosecutors have asked for a one-year jail sentence for both defendants on top of forfeiting $7,000 in cash found in their apartment.

Husa and Petre were part of a four-person team whose plan was discovered in October. The scam involved placing pinhole cameras, hidden inside black metal strips, over the keypads on nine different ticket vending machines on Long Island and Westchester. Combining the cameras with skimming devices, the quartet were able to capture PIN codes and card information and stealing thousands of dollars from more than 50 bank accounts.

Police were alerted of the scam after a customer discovered a small video camera on the floor at a LIRR station Oct. 18. Cops combed through Long Island's machines and found cameras at Sea Cliff, Bayside, Great Neck, Merrillon Avenue, and Greenvale stations. After searching through the entire 278 ticket vending machines in the LIRR system, three additional cameras were discovered at the Chappequa station.

Cops were in touch with banks to alert them of the scam so they could notify possible victims.

Their accomplices, Valer Zaharia, 38, his wife, Teodora Zaharia, 27, were taken into custody after they were caught retrieving two skimmer devices and two hidden cameras from the Sea Cliff LIRR station, said the DA.

An investigation led authorities to Husa and Petre in their Elmhurst apartment.

Husa and Petre are due to be sentenced April 25.

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Janet March 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Being gay....so what! Does that really enter into this? If so how?
Patchogue Snoop March 15, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Ahh those wonderful Russians. Came to steal. Gee, when I was younger they wanted to vaporize me, now they are sneaking in by the millions......banking fraud and an estimated 100 billion annual loss to the taxpayer through tax fraud and insurance reimbursements.
Patchogue Snoop March 15, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Sal, I agree, gay gay gay......so now we must let them go....they are special peeps jsut like the illegal Hispanics that come here to steal from the taxpayer who has their own families to feed. Cal them out on this and you will be labelled a racist. Hmmmm, since when is a thief a nationality.
K March 16, 2014 at 08:28 PM
WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY GET DEPORTED!!!!
monkey lewis March 18, 2014 at 02:43 AM
ship them off to butt pirate island

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