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MIAMI COMPANY SENTENCED TO $1,000,000 FOR IMPORTING PLANT PESTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, announce the October 21, 2010 sentencing of defendant Jonathan Andre Gilmore, a/k/a/ Johnny Milano, age 30. U.S. District Court Judge Donald L. Graham sentenced Gilmore to 146 months in prison. In addition, Gilmore was ordered to make restitution to the banks in the amount of $58,573.28, which was the amount he stole from the various banks.

Gilmore was arrested in south Florida, after robbing the Riverside National Bank (now TD Bank) branch in Port St. Lucie, on September 28,2009, escaping that bank with $5,529. Earlier that same day, Gilmore had robbed a SunTrust Bank branch in Orlando, and stole $1,460.

According to evidence presented in open court, including a stipulated factual basis for his guilty plea, Gilmore began his robbery spree after being released from federal prison in August 2009, where he had been serving a sentence for bank robberies committed in 2004 in Illinois and in 2005 in North Carolina. Upon his release from federal prison, Gilmore first went to Madison, Wisconsin, where he robbed the University of Wisconsin Credit Union, stealing $20,000. Gilmore then traveled to Illinois, where on September 1, 2009, he robbed the InBank in Oak Forest, Illinois, stealing $3,085. On September 8, 2009, Gilmore robbed the Bank of America in Schaumburg, Illinois, stealing $7,609. Thereafter, according to court records, Gilmore traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, and robbed the Clayton Bank and Trust on September 11, 2009, stealing $2,221. Not long after, Gilmore joined friends and accomplices to travel to Florida.

While in Florida, Gilmore drove across the state with two accomplices as he robbed four more banks. On September 16, 2009, Gilmore rode with his accomplices to Melbourne, where he used a note to rob Chase Bank of $9,819. On September 23, 2009, Gilmore walked out of the SunTrust Bank in Bradenton, Florida, after handing a teller a threatening note and receiving $8,355 in cash. Gilmore’s final two robberies in Orlando and Port St. Lucie, on September 28, 2009, led to his final location and arrest.

Gilmore was charged and pled guilty in the respective jurisdictions where he committed the robberies. However, each jurisdiction subsequently agreed, pursuant to Rule 20 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, to transfer their case to the Southern District of Florida for one consolidated sentencing. The total amount stolen was $58,573.28.

Mr. Ferrer commended the FBI for its work on this case. Mr. Ferrer also commended the Port St. Lucie Police Department, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota Police Department, Florida Turnpike Authority and the FDIC for their assistance. In addition, Mr. Ferrer thanked Chase Bank, SunTrust Bank, and TD Bank (formerly Riverside National Bank) for their cooperation during this investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Theodore Cooperstein and Carmen Lineberger.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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