NEW YORK - They were pursued by bank security officials, local police, and the U.S. Secret Service, but the nation's most infamous automated teller machine fraudsters might still be free if not for the work of a savings bank employee and a New York City businesswoman.

As the date draws near for the sentencing of two men who operated an elaborate scheme last spring that used an unauthorized ATM machine to defraud Connecticut banks of more than $100,000, the Secret Service is handing out commendations today to a group of citizens who helped catch the criminals.

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