Accused credit card skimmer to take plea deal

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Guam – A deal has been reached in the case involving accused credit card skimmer Nicola Marinelli on the eve of trial.

Whether or not the arrest of the man allegedly behind several appearances of credit card skimming devices on local bank automated teller machines was legal seems to no longer be an issue — as the accused, Italian national Nicola Marinelli, is set to enter into a plea agreement with the government.

Marinelli has been incarcerated since his arrest last August when a Bank of Guam employee happened to cross paths with the defendant at Pizza Hut and recognized him from a photo captured on one of the tampered ATM’s.

Trial in the matter was set to begin next Monday. However, in court today, Marinelli’s attorney, Rocky Kingree, stated that they had received a plea offer from the government and would be signing the plea agreement today. The details of the agreement could not be released, but Kingree indicated that the offer did not need any modifications.

Further proceedings have been set for tomorrow, at which time it is anticipated that the plea will be formally accepted by the court.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.