Jefferson County Man Sentenced for Beaumont Bank Robbery
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 39-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Joseph Dee Carter pleaded guilty on Oct. 26, 2017, to bank robbery and was sentenced to 77 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, on July 7, 2017, Carter robbed the DuGood Federal Credit Union on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont. Surveillance video showed that Carter entered the credit union lobby and then had a discussion with an employee about temporary checks. A few minutes later, the video shows Carter walking across the lobby to the restroom before returning to the teller counter and placing a note written on a paper towel on the counter in front of the teller, demanding money. After receiving money from the teller, Carter fled the credit union and was seen driving away in a vehicle. Police found the vehicle, but Carter had fled on foot. Later that day, after having been identified by witnesses and examination of the video, Carter was arrested while walking on Lucas Street. Carter was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 9, 2017.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.