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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

Friday, January 29, 2016

Manchester Woman Pleads Guilty To Robbing Credit Union

CONCORD, N.H.– Emily Gray Rice, United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, announced that MELISSA BOUCHER, 27, previously of Manchester, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Landya B. McCafferty to an information charging her with one count of bank robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a).

According to court documents and statements made in court, BOUCHER was pressured to rob a bank by an individual with whom she was engaged in a romantic relationship.  After drafting a demand note and providing BOUCHER instructions, that individual led BOUCHER to the Member’s First Credit Union at 44 Bridge Street in Manchester on the morning of March 3, 2015.  BOUCHER, who was unarmed at the time, did as she had been instructed, passing the note to the teller, and fleeing the premises with approximately $6,250.  The proceeds were then divided between her and the other individual.  BOUCHER then utilized a portion of the proceeds to purchase heroin, on which she overdosed.  When paramedics were able to resuscitate her, large amounts of cash fell out of her clothing.  She was arrested and has remained in custody on a New Hampshire state parole violation since her arrest.

BOUCHER is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge McCafferty on June 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., at which time she faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, up to three years’ supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. She also faces a mandatory restitution order to Member’s First Credit Union.

This matter is being investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charles L. Rombeau.

Updated February 1, 2016