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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Albuquerque Woman Sentenced to Prison for Bank Robbery Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Daisy Alaniz, 28, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today to 27 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for her bank robbery conviction.

Alaniz and her co-defendant, Anthony Paloni, 51, also of Albuquerque, were arrested on April 20, 2013, on bank robbery charges.  Both have been in federal custody since that time. 

According to court filings, Alaniz and Paloni robbed the Bank of the West branch located at 1422 Carlisle Blvd. NE in Albuquerque on the morning of April 20, 2013.  On that day, Paloni drove Alaniz to the bank where Alaniz demanded that the tellers put currency into her duffle bag while holding her hand inside the front pocket of her jacket in a way that suggested that she might be holding a weapon.  Paloni drove Alaniz away from the bank, and officers later located the pair at a truck stop in the vicinity of University Blvd NE and Menaul in Albuquerque.  The officers were able to recover the money that Alaniz stole from the bank, most of which was in the duffle bag that Alaniz used during the robbery and the remainder was in Paloni’s possession.

Alaniz entered a guilty plea to a bank robbery charge on March 24, 2014, and admitted robbing the bank on April 20, 2013.  In her plea agreement, she stated that she drew a beard and mustache on her fact to make herself look like a man before entering the bank.

Paloni plead guilty to a bank robbery charge in July 2013, and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release in Oct. 2013.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Barth.

Updated January 26, 2015