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Italian national back in court for ATM skimming

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 4:45 PM Updated:

He was allegedly trying to cash in on ATM accounts. Now Nicola Marinelli will have to put up $5,000 cash to get out of jail. The Italian national is charged in connection to two skimming devices found on Bank of Guam ATMs and could be tied to a bigger circle of criminals back home.

Marinelli was back in court on Friday, but this time with an Italian interpreter. Joseph Vitale said on Marinell's behalf, "He wants to go back to Italy."

Marinelli should've been homebound on Wednesday. Now, his stay on Guam indefinite. Earlier this week, a vigilant Bank of Guam staffer noticed Marinelli at a Tamuning restaurant and phoned police. Marinelli apparently matched the description and surveillance images released in connection to skimming devices installed on local ATMs.

On Friday, he appeared before Magistrate Judge Benjamin Sison where he was officially charged. "The people of Guam are accusing you of using a skimming device," the judge addressed Marinella, "as a third degree felony."

Marinelli had been staying in a Tumon hotel. His attorney, public defender Earl Espiritu, arguing for his release. Prosecutor Thomas Neuman, pushing for accommodations at the Department of Corrections, saying, "On behalf of Mr. Marinelli, I'm requesting for his release on personal recognizance at this time. We understand these are serious allegations, however these are just allegations and mr. Marinelli is innocent until proven guilty."

The prosecutor stated, "According to the people's declaration, Mr. Marinelli made admissions to the police that his sole purpose to be on Guam was to commit crimes."

Marinelli will have to post $5,000 to get out of jail.

As reported, Marinelli was in Italy and strapped for cash when he met a man named Michele who convinced him to come to Guam to install skimming devices. Michele, court documents state, might have connections to organized crime in Italy.

We should note, Marinelli has only been implicated in two of three skimming devices discovered on local ATMs.

Back in June, a skimming device was discovered on an ATM at the Micronesia Mall food court.

Surveillance footage released in that case shows a different suspect.

No word yet on if the two are connected.

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