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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.B U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Hugh Mahoney, 50, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to robbing the ESL Federal Credit Union on Merchants Road in Rochester. The charge carries a maximum possible penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Charles E. Moynihan, who is handling the prosecution, stated that on August 22, 2022, Mahoney entered the ESL Federal Credit Union, approached a teller, and displayed a demand note which stated, “You are being robbed. 100, 50, 20, no dye packs.” The teller handed approximately $3,260 in United States currency to Mahoney, who took the money and left the credit union. Officers responding to investigate the robbery stopped a vehicle in which Mahoney was riding and saw a hat and shirt which appeared to match the suspect’s reported description from the robbery. Mahoney admitted that he was given a ride to the credit union by the driver of the vehicle, but the driver did not know that Mahoney was going to rob the credit union. 

The charges are a culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Darren Cox and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith. 

Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2023, at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.

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Updated February 2, 2023