A Connecticut-based American citizen of Romanian origin was sentenced to 18 months in prison after found guilty of stealing more than 140,000 US dollars from the ATMs he had to service as a technician, Newsday reports.

Ionel Faina, 46, pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in July this year. Faina was working as an ATM technician at Loomis Fargo company, being responsible of supplying cash to the ATMs.

Federal authorities said that starting with January Faina stole money from the Bank of America and New Alliance Bank ATMs. He wanted to fly back in Romania the night when he was arrested.

According to the police, the Romanian placed a part of the 144,000 dollars in a package for Romania.