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Two Romanians used Dunkin cards to make some dough.
The pair were in the United States on journalist visas, and reprogrammed Dunkin Donuts gift cards with bank account data. They then went to teller machines and used the cards to withdraw cash which they stuffed into their clothing.
Police were tipped to the fraud by officials at Chase bank who noticed unusual ATM withdrawal patterns. Police arrested Daniel Gheorge and Ionel Cristian Popa as they were using the cards.
According to the District Attorney, the pair had over $17K in cash and 66 reprogrammed Dunkin gift cards.
They are being held on $150K bail, and their next court appearance is in Queens County (NY) Supreme Court on August 28 before Judge Fernando Camacho. Representing Gheorge is Stuart Kanoff and Popa is represented by Garnett Sullivan.
None of the published reports explained why these hackers used Dunkin' gift cards. Does anyone have any ideas?