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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

East Bay Resident Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Bank Robbery

SAN FRANCISCO –Phillip LeBlanc was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for committing three bank robberies, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The sentenced was handed down by the Hon. Maxine M. Chesney, Senior U.S. District Judge.

LeBlanc, 36, of San Leandro, Calif., pleaded guilty to the charges on November 28, 2018.  In pleading guilty, LeBlanc admitted that on May 26, 2018, he robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco of more than $7,500.  Similarly, on June 22, 2018, LeBlanc stole $1,949 from a Cathay Bank in San Francisco, and on June 23, 2018, he stole $1,517 from a Citibank in Oakland.  

On July 19, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Leblanc charging him with three counts of bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a).  LeBlanc pleaded guilty to all three counts.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesney ordered LeBlanc to pay restitution in the amount of $11,118 and to serve three years of supervised release that will begin at the end of his prison term.  The defendant currently is in federal custody and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sailaja M. Paidipaty is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Marina Ponomarchuk. The prosecution is the result of investigations by the FBI, the Oakland Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department.  

Updated April 17, 2019