FBI cracks ATM theft ring in Chicago area

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The FBI arrested 15 people in a scheme to use stolen debit card “pin” numbers to illegally withdraw money from ATMs.

atm13 of the 15 are from the Chicago area; the other two are in Bulgaria.

The alleged ringleader is Gheorgui Martov of Schiller Park.

The feds say the pin numbers were stolen in Europe and given to Martov; then his co-defendants encoded the numbers onto the magnetic strips of cards that were used to withdraw the cash.

The money was laundered through a money-transfer company in Norridge.

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