Jackpotting: bank robbery with none of the violence (but most of the prison time)

If you’re thinking of robbing a bank but don’t fancy the gun-toting mayhem, jackpotting might be for you.

Get a smart friend to hack into the bank’s ATM network, then hang around and wait for the machine to spit out all its bills. You don’t even have to enter the bank.

Sounds good, right? That’s what two guys in Massachusetts thought when they allegedly tried it at the end of January. They are accused of hitting several ATMs and raking in ten grand.

If found guilty, they’ll be charged with fraud, not robbery. But that still carries a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Maybe it’s best to stick to the day job after all.


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