A plea agreement is expected for the Italian national accused of placing skimming devices on some ATMs on Guam last year.
Lawyers for Nicola Marinelli said Thursday they were reviewing the agreement and that Marinelli would be signing the agreement later that day.
Marinelli is scheduled to go to trial next week. He is to appear again Jan. 10 for a continued hearing and possible change of plea.
He was arrested in August after a Bank of Guam manager picking up pizza in Tamuning saw a man who matched the description of an ATM skimming suspect. Photos and surveillance footage released by the FBI had been circulating on social media.
According to the indictment, Marinelli installed scanning devices at Bank of Guam ATM machines located in the Micronesia Mall and in a Subway restaurant in Agat.
He told authorities he had been recruited by someone with possible ties to organized crime in Italy, according to a magistrate’s complaint.
Through an interpreter, Marinelli admitted to police he had been having financial difficulties, wrote Assistant Attorney General Monica Jo Aguon, in a declaration in support of the complaint.
The “defendant further admitted that a male known to him only as ‘Michele’ approached him in Italy and asked if he could place skimming devices on Guam,” the declaration states. “Defendant indicated to police that ‘Michele’ might have connections to organized crime in Italy.”
Marinelli told authorities he arrived on Guam on Aug. 1 with three skimming devices.
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