ATM tech arrested for altering machines for wire fraud

The U.S. Attorney's Office has issued this press release to detail the arrest of an ATM technician who allegedly altered machines to commit wire fraud:

BIRMINGHAM - A federal grand jury today indicted a Tennessee man for wire fraud for manipulating ATM machines he was servicing in Alabama to make them dispense larger denomination bills than intended, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Roy Sexton.

        The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court, charges JOHNNY R. LOWERY, 39, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., with one count of wire fraud and seeks to have him forfeit $17,490 to the government.

        Lowery worked as an ATM technician who serviced ATM machines at RaceWay Stores throughout the Northern District of Alabama.  The indictment charges that Lowery would enter a management password when servicing ATMs and alter the value of the cash cassette drawer. That caused the machine to dispense $20 bills when it was supposed to be dispensing $10 bills. Lowery would withdraw money and then reset the cash cassette to the correct value.

        The maximum sentence for wire fraud is 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

        Vance thanked the special agents of the Secret Service and members of the Moody Police Department who worked together to investigate this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Hodge is prosecuting it on behalf of the United States.

        Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government's burden to prove a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.