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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 15, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


INDEPENDENCE MAN INDICTED FOR

BANK, CREDIT UNION ROBBERIES


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for robbing a bank and a credit union in Independence within the same week.


            Jimmy Lee Bozeman, 47, of Independence, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Bozeman on Nov. 18, 2008.


            The federal indictment alleges that Bozeman stole $4,319 from Community American Credit Union, located inside the Hy-Vee grocery store at 1525 E. 23rd St., on Nov. 11, 2008.


            According to the affidavit that was filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Bozeman approached a teller window at the credit union and demanded that she give him money. The teller handed him cash from her desk drawer, the affidavit says, and he fled from the building on foot.


            The federal indictment also alleges that Bozeman stole $6,632 from United Missouri Bank, 16900 Gudgell Road, on Nov. 17, 2008.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Y. Tabor. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Independence, Mo., Police Department.

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