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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Revere Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Bank Robberies

BOSTON – A Revere man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to robbing 10 banks during a 19-day spree from late December 2016 to early January 2017.

Fred Mandracchia, 36, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of bank robbery.  U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for Oct. 11, 2017.

Following a Jan. 3, 2017 robbery of the Mechanics Cooperative Bank branch in Fall River, law enforcement identified Mandracchia as the individual responsible for that robbery.  Based on similarities in the robberies and the physical description of the perpetrator, Mandracchia was suspected to have also been involved in nine other Boston-area bank robberies: the Dec. 19, 2016, robbery of a People’s United Bank branch in Boston; the Dec. 21, 2016, robbery of a Century Bank branch in Boston; the Dec. 22, 2016, robbery of a Citizens Bank branch in Boston; the Dec. 23, 2016, robbery of an East Boston Savings Bank branch in East Boston; the Dec. 23, 2016, robbery of a Commerce Bank branch in Boston; the Dec. 24, 2016, robbery of a Citizens Bank branch in Boston; the Dec. 27, 2016, robbery of a Brookline Bank branch in Malden; the Jan. 4, 2017, robbery of an East Boston Savings Bank branch in South Boston; and the Jan. 6, 2017, robbery of a Meetinghouse Bank branch in Dorchester.  Mandracchia was arrested in Chelsea on Jan. 7, 2017, and confessed to robbing the banks.   

The charge of bank robbery provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.           

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  The Police Departments of Fall River, Boston, Malden, and Chelsea assisted with the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Begg Lawrence of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. 


Violent Crime
Updated July 12, 2017