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Orono Man Pleads Guilty to Bank and Wire Fraud Conspiracy Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

Contact: Chris Ruge
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jason Robinson, 29, of Orono, Maine, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to bank and wire fraud conspiracy charges.

According to court records, from about February 2014 to May 2015, Robinson conspired with others to steal merchandise from Walmart, Hannaford, and other stores in Maine, and sell it on eBay; to return stolen merchandise to Lowe’s and Home Depot in return for store credit; and to defraud federally insured financial institutions by depositing worthless checks and withdrawing the money before those checks bounced.

Robinson faces up to 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and five years of supervised release on the bank fraud conspiracy, and up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release on the wire fraud conspiracies.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Maine State Police, the Bangor Police Department, and the Penobscot Sheriff’s Office.

Updated August 25, 2015

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