FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2014
CAMDEN, N.J. - A Montgomery County, Pa., man today admitted his role in three bank robberies in Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Kyle Wilson, 22, of Fort Washington, Pa., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an information charging him with three counts of bank robbery. In June 2012, Wilson pleaded guilty before Judge Rodriguez to a separate information charging him with traveling from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to commit an aggravated assault in furtherance of an extortion scheme. All three of the bank robberies to which Wilson pleaded guilty occurred after his June 2012 plea while he was released on bail pending sentencing. He is currently detained.
Although the three bank robberies occurred in Pennsylvania, Wilson waived his right to contest venue so that all of his pending criminal charges – the robberies and the prior aggravated assault conviction – could be resolved in the District of New Jersey.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
- On March 6, 2013, Wilson entered a Citizens Bank located inside a Giant Store in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. He approached the teller and handed him a withdrawal slip that read “the gun will go off, give me some money.” The teller handed Wilson cash, and Wilson left the store.
- On March 11, 2013, Wilson entered a PNC Bank located inside a Giant Store in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. He approached the teller and handed him a note. The teller then heard Wilson warn him not to “hit any buttons” and demand money. The teller handed Wilson cash and Wilson left the store.
- On March 14, 2013, Wilson entered a First Niagara Bank in Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania. He approached the teller, displayed what appeared to be a small black gun, and demanded money. The teller handed Wilson cash, and Wilson left the store.
Each of the three bank robbery counts with which Wilson is charged carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross amount of any pecuniary loss or gain from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for June 9, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Panella; the Department of Labor-Wage and Hour Division, under the direction of George Ference, regional administrator; Naval Criminal Investigative Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Cheryl DiPrizio, Northeast field office; and the Air Force Office of Special investigations, under the direction of Special Agent Seth Neville, detachment commander, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. He also thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel V. Grady O’Malley and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Bruck of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.