Alex Alberto Fajin-Diaz & Argenys Rodriguez Charged in ATM
ALBERTO FAJIN-DIAZ, 31, a citizen of Spain, and ARGENYS
RODRIGUEZ, 21, of Springfield, Massachusetts, have been charged
by federal criminal complaint with bank fraud stemming from an
alleged ATM “jackpotting” scheme.
FAJIN-DIAZ and RODRIGUEZ were arrested on related state charges
on January 27. They appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Donna F. Martinez in Hartford and are detained.
According to court documents and statements made in court, law
enforcement agencies and ATM manufacturers have been
investigating malware attacks on ATM machines in Connecticut and
elsewhere. In a scheme commonly referred to as “jackpotting,”
individuals use malware that is designed to cause an ATM to
eject all of the U.S. currency contained in the machine. As part
of the scheme, individuals dressed as legitimate repair
technicians install malware on an ATM. Other individuals then
proceed to extract all of the cash from the ATM.
As alleged in the criminal complaint, federal, state and local
law enforcement agencies have been investigating recent
jackpotting attacks on ATMs in Hamden and Guilford, as well as
Providence, Rhode Island. On January 27, 2018, Citizens Bank
investigators contacted police after they observed what appeared
to be an attack on an ATM in Cromwell. On that date, Cromwell
Police encountered FAJIN-DIAZ and RODRIGUEZ near an ATM that had
been compromised with jackpotting malware and was in the process
of dispensing $20 bills. A search of FAJIN-DIAZ and RODRIGUEZ’s
vehicle, which had a license plate that was assigned to another
vehicle, revealed tools and electronic devices consistent with
items needed to compromise an ATM machine to dispense its cash
contents. FAJI-DIAZ and RODRIGUEZ also possessed more than
$9,000 in $20 bills.
charge of bank fraud carries a maximum term of imprisonment of
U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that a complaint is only a charge
and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and
each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Connecticut
Computer Crimes Task Force, U.S. Secret Service, Connecticut
State Police, Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, Middlesex State’s
Attorney’s Office. Cromwell Police Department, Middletown Police
Department, Greenwich Police Department. The case is being
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Miller.