May 25, 201203:30 PMDaily Biz Briefs
‘Skimmer’ sentenced to 4 years in prison
A Sammamish man who installed "skimming" devices on bank ATM machines and raided 255 victim bank accounts for more than $176,000, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to four years in prison and $177,278 in restitution, according to U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.
Dmitry A. Sandler was arrested in November 2011 while attempting to retrieve skimming equipment from a Chase Bank ATM in Everett. He was linked to a spree of skimming activity in the Seattle area and Denver area between April and November 2011.
Sandler pleaded guilty in February to bank fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez noted that Sandler is a Russian immigrant who will be deported following his prison term. Sandler “requested asylum saying he likes Americans, then he engaged in stealing money from these very people,” Martinez said.
The skimming devices were installed primarily on Chase ATMs. Machines in Lynnwood, Snohomish, Everett, Seattle and Denver were targeted. On Nov. 13, 2011, a Chase Bank investigator saw surveillance photos of Sandler installing skimming equipment on an ATM in Everett. He alerted the Everett Police Department and Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. The ATM was put under surveillance and Sandler was arrested when he returned to retrieve his skimming equipment.