United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
“Bad Hair Bandit” Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Bank Robbery
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Docket #: 2:12-cr-253 - KJM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sentenced Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, 48, a transient from the states of Idaho and Washington, today to 10 years in prison for 21 bank robberies, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. As part of the federal sentence, Van Holland was ordered to pay more than $33,000 in restitution.
According to court documents, Van Holland committed robberies in four different states and five different federal districts. During the early stages of the investigation, the Seattle Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation dubbed her the “Bad Hair Bandit” because she used a series of unusual wigs and disguises in executing her bank robberies.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. In addition, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office assisted in apprehending Van Holland. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez prosecuted the case.