Feds Charge New Jersey Couple with Bank Robbery Spree
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that John Maynard and Jill Ludwig, both 30-year-old heroin addicts from New Jersey, conspired to rob five banks around Rutland County, Vermont, in the Fall of 2011. The couple was arrested by the Vermont State Police in early November, 2011, and had been held in State custody until their recent transfer to federal custody.
According to the Indictment, the couple robbed five banks, three in Vermont, and two in New York, as follows: (1) September 7, 2011 – the Merchants Bank in Rutland; (2) October 7, 2011 – the Lake Sunapee Bank in West Rutland; (3) October 25, 2011 – the TD Bank in Granville, NY; (4) October 29, 2011 – again the TD Bank in Granville; and (5) November 2, 2011 – the Citizens Bank in Poultney.
Maynard and Ludwig appeared in federal court this week for arraignments. Both were ordered detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending disposition of the federal charges. Bank robbery carries a maximum 20-year jail term. The United States Attorney cautioned that the Indictment is merely a charging instrument, and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Vermont State Police, Rutland Barracks, investigated the case, assisted by the New York State Police as to the two robberies in Granville, NY. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Darrow is representing the United States. Ludwig is represented by Burlington lawyer Nancy Waples. Maynard is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Steven Barth.