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Former Pittsburgh Resident Admits to Bank Robbery

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

PITTSBURGH, PA- A former resident of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Vaughn Carter, 56, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on November 1, 2018, Carter, wearing a baseball hat and dark clothing, walked into the First National Bank located at 1114 E. Carson Street in the Southside area of Pittsburgh and presented a demand note to the teller, which had written on it, "This is a robbery. Give me large bills". Carter then took approximately $1,000 from the teller and fled the bank.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for January 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Carter remains incarcerated pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Carter.

Updated September 26, 2019

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