A man in a baseball cap and shorts is shown near the Bank of Guam ATM and then in the Micronesia Mall parking lot. FBI, Pacific Daily News
The man accused of installing skimming devices on two Bank of Guam ATMs has taken a plea deal.
Office of the Attorney General spokeswoman Carlina Charfauros confirmed that Nicola Marinelli has taken a plea deal in his case.
According to court documents, Marinelli was released from confinement from the Department of Corrections on Friday.
He was set to go to trial next week.
Details of his plea agreement were not available as of press time Friday.
Marinelli, 27, was indicted on charges of use of a scanning device as a second-degree felony, use of a scanning device as a third-degree felony and conspiracy to commit use of a scanning device, also as a third-degree felony.
A skimming or scanning device can be used to steal information from a customer’s ATM card.
Marinelli is accused of putting skimming devices on two Bank of Guam ATMs, one in the Micronesia Mall and one at the Subway restaurant in Agat, according to police and court documents.
Court documents state Marinelli was asked by a man possibly connected to organized crime in Italy to put skimming devices on Guam. He arrived on island Aug. 1, 2018 and planned to leave Aug. 8, 2018, documents state.
He was approached on Aug. 7 by police after a Bank of Guam employee recognized Marinelli at the Pizza Hut in Tamuning. The bank said in a statement that a bank manager noticed the customer in front of him matched the description of the ATM skimming suspect and called police.
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