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Northern District of Iowa

Monday, July 1, 2013

Omaha, Nebraska Man Pleads Guilty To Helping Fort Dodge Bank Robber Escape Arrest

A man who was an accessory in robbing a bank in Fort Dodge, Iowa pled guilty June 27, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City.

Christopher Anderson, II, age 26, from Omaha, Nebraska, was convicted of one count of accessory-after-the-fact to bank robbery.

Information presented by the United States at the plea hearing revealed that on February 7, 2013, Anderson, drove another party to a location near a bank in Fort Dodge, Iowa. After robbing the bank, the other party returned to Anderson’s car, appeared to be in a hurry, appeared to be holding a bag, and urged Anderson to drive away quickly. Based on these observations Anderson concluded the other party had just committed a robbery. Anderson then drove the other party to Omaha, Nebraska, in order to help the bank robbery escape arrest, prosecution and imprisonment for the Fort Dodge, Iowa, robbery. Anderson was given $1,000 and he concluded this money was stolen and given to him in exchange for his help.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Anderson remains free on bond previously set pending sentencing. Anderson faces a possible maximum sentence of not more than 10 years’ imprisonment, a $125,000 fine, a $100 in special assessment, and up to five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 13-3021.

This case was investigated by officers of the Fort Dodge, Iowa, Police Department, the Omaha, Nebraska Police Department, and Special Agents of the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Updated February 19, 2015