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

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Waco Couple Admit To Robbing Local Bank

In Waco, 32-year-old Wendy Chudej (pronounced “Hoo-jay”) faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty this afternoon to robbing a Waco bank in August 2013 announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent In Charge Armando Fernandez, San Antonio Division.

Appearing before United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Chudej pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery.  By pleading guilty, Chudej admitted that she wrote the demand note and served as the getaway driver for her husband who robbed the First National Bank of Central Texas branch on North Valley Mills Drive in Waco on August 9, 2013.  According to court records, 26-year-old Matthew Chudej entered the bank and presented a note to a teller demanding cash.  The teller complied with Chudej’s request and handed him approximately $8,000 in U.S. currency.

Both Wendy and Matthew Chudej remain in federal custody pending sentencing.   Wendy Chudej is scheduled to be sentenced on January 22, 2014.  Matthew Chudej, who pleaded guilty to the same charge on October 17, 2013, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 4, 2013. 

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Waco Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Greg Gloff.

Updated December 15, 2014