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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Claude Taylor, 38, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, to robbing the Lexington Federal Credit Union at 1275 Lexington Avenue in Rochester. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Charles E. Moynihan, who is handling the prosecution of the case, stated that on May 5, 2016, Taylor entered the Lexington Federal Credit Union, waited in line and then passed a hand written note to a bank teller. The note, which was written on an envelope, demanded that the teller turn over $5,000. The defendant yelled, ordering the teller to “do it fast.”  Taylor also ordered a neighboring teller not to interfere. The bank teller turned over money, and Taylor ran from the bank. Subsequent investigation identified the defendant, and on May 22, 2017, Taylor was arrested by law enforcement officers. 

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen; the United States Marshal’s Service, under the direction of Charles Salina; and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 22, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Wolford.

Updated October 18, 2017