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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Buffalo Man Sentenced For Committing Multiple Bank Robberies

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Casey Swain, 38, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of bank robbery, was sentenced to 57 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that, on five different dates, the defendant robbed First Niagara Bank branches in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Niagara Falls, Kenmore, and Bellevue, Pennsylvania. During each of the robberies, Swain passed a note to a bank teller demanding United States currency. Some of the notes included the words “no sudden movements” or “eye contact” or things would turn bad.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction on the part of Adam S. Cohen, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel, the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction Chief Bryan DalPorto, the Kenmore Police Department, under the direction of Chief Peter Breitnauer, and the Bellevue (PA) Police Department, under the direction of Chief Matthew Sentner.

Updated December 8, 2016