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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


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

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NOVEMBER 19, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK ROBBERY


NERVOUS THIEF LEFT HIS WALLET BEHIND,

IDENTIFIED FROM DRIVER’S LICENSE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbing First Federal Bank.


            Albert Vincent Perkins, 40, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen this morning to the charge contained in a June 23, 2009, superseding indictment.


            Perkins admitted that he stole $3,129 from First Federal Bank, 4227 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City, on May 7, 2009. Co-defendant Monique M. Hernandez, 42, also of Kansas City, has also pleaded guilty to her role in the bank robbery.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint filed against Perkins, he entered the bank and approached a teller counter. Perkins was holding a checking brochure and a wallet. Perkins leaned forward toward the clerk, told her to be quiet and give him all the $100 bills. Perkins then placed the wallet and brochure on the counter and handed the teller a plastic bag. The teller placed money in the bag and handed it back to Perkins, whom she described as “very agitated and nervous.” Perkins turned and left the bank, leaving his wallet on the counter.


            Law enforcement officers used Perkins’ driver’s license and another photo from the wallet to identify him. Hernandez admitted that she entered the bank ahead of Perkins to case the building, then reported back to him what she learned shortly before the robbery occurred.


            Under federal statutes, Perkins and Hernandez are each subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.



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