Alleged ATM skimmer seeks release to go back home to Italy

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Guam – The alleged Bank of Guam credit card skimmer has had his day in court but he did not answer to the charge that he used a skimming device to commit a third degree felony.

A seemingly confused and frightened Nicola Marinelli stood before Superior Court Judge Benjamin Sison telling the court that he wants to go back to Italy. That request was quickly grounded as Sison shared if released it would not be for the purpose of returning to Italy.

“The people would recommend opposing Mr. Marinelli’s release today on a $10,000 cash bond,” an Assistant Attorney General stated.

Saying the fact that Marinelli has no ties to Guam and a language barrier may pose a problem in him complying with pre-trial release conditions such as checking into probation. The AG’s Office further noted that he is a flight risk.

But Marinelli’s legal counsel, Earl Espiritu, in opposition, requested for his release on personal recognizance as he is innocent until proven guilty. Espiritu further noted that the offense is non-violent and that he is no danger to the community at this time.

“According to the declaration, Mr. Marinelli made admissions to the police; hat his sole purpose to be on Guam was to commit crimes,” the AG’s Office, however, argued.

In the end Sison ordered that he could be released on a $5,000 cash bail. Marinelli’s next hearing is on August 20 before Judge Vernon Perez.

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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.