PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Michael George, 31, of Broomall, PA, was sentenced today to seven years and six months in prison and three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $4,790 in both forfeiture and restitution by United States District Judge Joel H. Slomsky for committing four bank robberies over the course of about a week in March 2020.
In December 2021, the defendant pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery in connection with three incidents at banks in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and one on the Main Line in Montgomery County, PA. George admitted to robbing the TD Bank on East Butler Street in Philadelphia on March 7, 2020; the Wells Fargo Bank on Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia on March 16, 2020; the WSFS Bank on Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia on March 16, 2020; and the PNC Bank on Youngsford Road in Gladwyne on March 17, 2020. During each robbery, George threatened a bank employee with death for failure to comply with his demand for money; he stole a total of nearly $4,800 from the banks.
“This defendant terrified and threatened the lives of bank employees who were just doing their jobs,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “He is clearly a danger to the community – not stopping at one robbery but escalating to four in a matter of days. This case demonstrates why our All Hands On Deck initiative is so important: we are investigating and prosecuting the most violent criminals to get them off the streets and behind bars.”
“Michael George was a crime spree unto himself, responsible for four bank robberies in 10 days," said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. "He threatened the bank employees he victimized, making them fear for their lives. It was imperative to get him off the street quickly before anyone was physically harmed. This sentence nips his burgeoning bank robbery career in the bud and holds him accountable for his bad actions. The FBI and our partners are committed to making our communities safer by bringing these violent offenders to justice.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lower Merion Police Department, and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Jayne.