FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. – A Newark, N.J., man who conspired with his uncle to rob or attempt to rob two banks was sentenced today to 45 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Juan Perez, 22, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an Information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, one count of attempted bank robbery, and one count of bank robbery. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Perez admitted that from June 2010 until August 2010 he conspired with his uncle, Nathaniel Barreto, 29, of Newark, to attempt to rob a PNC bank in Bloomfield, N.J., on Aug. 9, 2010, and to rob another PNC Bank in Whippany, N.J., on Aug. 17, 2010. Perez admitted going into the PNC bank to scope it out for customers and surveillance cameras. He admitted driving the getaway car in both crimes. Barreto, who brandished what appeared to be a firearm in both banks, entered a guilty plea before Judge Wolfson on Oct.12, 2011. Barreto pleaded guilty in October 2011 to bank robbery and is awaiting sentencing.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Perez to three years of supervised release and ordered to him pay restitution of $4,527.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, along with the Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the New Jersey State Police, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for the work leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shirley U. Emehelu of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Roy B. Greenman Esq., Union, N.J.