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New York Man Admits Robbing Bergen County, New Jersey, Bank

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A New York man today admitted robbing a bank in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in January 2017, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Issac Nesbit, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of bank robbery.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Nesbit admitted that Jan. 20, 2017, he robbed a Bank of New Jersey in Fort Lee. Nesbit admitted that he handed a teller a hand-written note demanding cash and threatening to shoot everyone in the bank if the teller did not comply.

The bank robbery charge 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 Oct. 17, 2017.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark; the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal; and the Fort Lee Police Department, under the direction of Chief Keith M. Bendul, with the investigation leading to the conviction.

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

Defense counsel: Patrick McMahon Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

Updated July 10, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-224