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Repeat Bank Robber Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Defendant served previous prison time for area robberies

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Maurice Ray, 34, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Juan R. Sánchez to 180 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a $200 special assessment, and restitution of $2,147 for committing two bank robberies in three days.

Ray used demand notes to commit bank robberies on December 14, 2021, at a Citizens Bank branch in Philadelphia, and December 16, 2021, at a Bank of America branch in Bensalem, PA. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Philadelphia Police Department and Bensalem Police Department located and arrested Ray the next day in Philadelphia.

In January 2022, the defendant was indicted on two counts of bank robbery and on August 15, 2023, a federal jury convicted him of both.

“Maurice Ray is a career offender with a history of robbing banks and businesses,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “Two stints in prison have not deterred him. This 15-year sentence will at least keep him off the street and prevent him from claiming any additional victims. My office and our partners are committed to investigating and prosecuting violent crimes and bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department, the Bensalem Police Department, and the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert.

Updated June 26, 2024