Massachusetts man pleads guilty to stealing from bank ATMs

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Connecticut to his role in a scheme to steal tens of thousands of dollars from bank ATMs.

Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Argenys Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Authorities say the Springfield, Massachusetts, man and an accomplice engaged in what is called a “jackpotting” scheme in which one person posing as a repair technician installs malware on an ATM designed to cause the machine to dispense all its cash. A second person then withdraws the money.

Rodriguez and his accomplice were arrested at a Cromwell bank Jan. 27 where they withdrew more than $63,000 in one day. They had stolen more than $63,000 from an ATM in Rhode Island days earlier.

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Rodriguez faces sentencing in September.

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