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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Essex County, New Jersey, Man Admits Role In Bank Robbery

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man today admitted to robbing a Valley National bank in Belleville, New Jersey, in April 2016, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Donald Myer, 60, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of bank robbery.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Myer admitted that during the robbery, he passed a note to a bank employee wherein he threatened to use a gun while demanding money from the bank employees.

The bank robbery charge to which Myer pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 27, 2017.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Belleville, Kearny, and Port Authority police departments for their contributions to the case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Veronica Allende of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Trenton.

Defense counsel: Linda D. Foster Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender

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Updated March 16, 2017