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Volo, Illinois Woman Indicted For The Robbery And Attempted Robbery Of Three Chase Bank Branches

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

ROCKFORD — A Lake County woman was indicted today in federal court and charged with two counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery.  TERESA M. KNOWLES, 39, of Volo, Ill., was charged with the robbery of Chase Bank, in Crystal Lake, Ill. on March 21, 2015, and Chase Bank, in Grayslake, Ill. on March 24, 2015, as well as the attempted robbery of Chase Bank in Johnsburg, Illinois, on March 24, 2015.

Knowles is scheduled to appear before U. S. Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnson for an initial appearance on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in federal court in Rockford.  Each count of bank robbery and attempted bank robbery carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison, up to 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and full restitution.  If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The Johnsburg Police Department, McHenry Police Department, Grayslake Police Department, and Crystal Lake Police Department assisted in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.


Updated July 27, 2015