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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Prison for Robbing New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union in April 2014

ALBUQUERQUE – James Patrick Verdream, 48, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his bank robbery conviction.  He was also ordered to pay restitution to the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, the victim of his crime.

Verdream was arrested on May 5, 2014, in Arizona on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union located on Indian School Road in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 22, 2014.  He was subsequently indicted on that same charge on May 21, 2014.

According to court filings, the bank was robbed on the afternoon of April 22, 2014, by a man who slid a hand written note demanding money to a bank teller.  After the teller complied with the demand, the bank robber left the bank with the cash.  Court filings indicate that the bank robber took a taxi cab to the bank and then left the bank a short time later in the same taxi cab.  Verdream was identified as the bank robber with the aid of video surveillance from the bank as was as well as by the positive identification from the taxi driver and Verdream’s New Mexico Department of Corrections Probation and Parole officer.

Verdream entered a guilty plea to the indictment on Nov. 13, 2014.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec.

Updated March 3, 2015