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Mascoutah Man Charged With Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

A Mascoutah man, Michael W. Dawson, 33, was charged in federal court in East St. Louis, in a Criminal Complaint with Bank Robbery, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The alleged violation took place on May 15, 2013, in Washington County, Illinois.

The offense charged in the Complaint alleges that on or about May 15, 2013, Dawson by force, violence, and intimidation, did take from the person or presence of another, money belonging to and in the care, custody, control, management, and possession of the First National Bank of Okawville.

Bank Robbery carries a potential term of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a supervised release term of five years.

A criminal complaint is a formal charge against a defendant that is comprised of the essential facts constituting the offense charged. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The information contained in the complaint was obtained through an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Okawville Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton and Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Durborow.

Updated February 19, 2015