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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Essex County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To 79 Months In Prison For Fall 2016 Bank Robbery Spree

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 79 months in prison for robbing five banks in October and November 2016, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Jermaine Mason, a/k/a “Asim Harris,” 40, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an information charging him with five counts of bank robbery. Judge Martini imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Mason robbed the following banks on the dates set forth below:




Kearny Bank


Oct. 21, 2016

PNC Bank

Jersey City

Nov. 3, 2016

Popular Community Bank


Nov. 17, 2016

Provident Bank

Jersey City

Nov. 18, 2016

Provident Bank


Nov. 29, 2016

Mason admitted that during each of the above robberies, he either presented a note demanding cash from bank tellers or verbally demanded money.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Mason to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $16,429 in restitution.

Mason was originally arrested by state authorities on Nov. 30, 2016 and has been in custody since that time. Prior to his arrest, he was on federal supervised release for a federal bank robbery conviction after he robbed several banks in 2006 and 2007.

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 sentencing. He also thanked the U.S. Marshals, the Kearny, Jersey City, Harrison, and Newark police departments, as well as the Hudson County and Essex County Prosecutor’s Offices for their efforts in the investigation and apprehension of Mason.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason S. Gould of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Kevin Carlucci Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

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Updated November 28, 2017