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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 24, 2019

Camden Man Convicted Of Robbing Two Banks, Attempting To Rob A Third

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden man was convicted today of robbing two banks, and attempting to rob a third bank over a 10-day period in July 2018, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Anthony L. Livingston, 48, was convicted of two counts of bank robbery, and one count of attempted bank robbery following a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb in Camden federal court. The jury deliberated less than three hours before returning the guilty verdicts.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

On July 14, 2018, Livingston entered the Gloucester Township PNC Bank wearing sunglasses and a hat. He presented a demand note to the teller and then left the bank with the stolen cash.

On July 24, 2018, Livingston attempted to recruit a homeless man to rob the Stratford PNC Bank on his behalf. Livingston instructed the man on how to rob the bank, gave him a demand note to show to the teller, and drove the man to the bank. The man walked into the bank and told the employee that he had been sent there to rob the bank and that he did not want to do it, and that the bank should call the police because the person who had sent him was waiting for him outside.

Four hours later, Livingston recruited co-defendant Laque Hunter to rob the Collingswood Ocean First bank on his behalf, and drove Hunter to the bank. Hunter robbed the bank with a demand note. Livingston served as the getaway driver, and the two split the proceeds. Hunter pleaded guilty on April 2, 29019, and is awaiting sentencing.

At the time of these crimes, Livingston was on federal supervised release. On July 13, 2018, one day before the first bank robbery, Livingston completed a 220-month term of imprisonment for having robbed eight banks in southern New Jersey in 2000 and 2001.

Each count on which Livingston was convicted carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 5, 2019.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI-Cherry Hill, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster in Philadelphia; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief J. Scott Thomson; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo; the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson; the Collingswood Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kevin J. Carey; the Gloucester Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief W. Harry Earle; and the Stratford Police Department, under the direction of Chief Ronald M. Morello, with the investigation leading to today’s conviction.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristen M. Harberg and Patrick C. Askin of the Camden Office.

Defense counsel: John B. Brennan Esq., Marlton, New Jersey

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Press Release Number: 
19-151
Updated May 24, 2019