Authorities: Suspect swallowed flash drive

March 2, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Secret Service agents said a suspect in a New York ATM card reading case swallowed evidence -- a flash drive -- while in view of agents.

Agent Joseph Borger wrote in a Feb. 25 search warrant affidavit that Florin Necula ingested the Kingston flash drive while being transported to a Secret Service office following his Jan. 21 arrest, reported Tuesday.

A source familiar with the incident said Necula allowed doctors at New York Downtown Hospital to remove the flash drive after he was unable to pass it in the four days following his arrest. It was unclear whether the data storage device was damaged by the trip through Necula's system.

Authorities said a charge of obstruction of justice was added to three other felonies with which Necula was charged in January. He and three other men are accused of using card readers they installed on ATM slots to take information from cards used in the machines.

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