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Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Michigan

DETROIT – A man previously convicted and imprisoned for four bank robberies was sentenced last week to 71 months in federal prison for stealing the identities of ten people to commit bank fraud, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge James Tarasca of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office.

Rynell Roberts, 39, of Redford, Michigan, was sentenced before Chief United States District Court Judge Sean F. Cox.  Court records show that Roberts was previously convicted of four bank robberies back in 2008.  During all of the bank robberies, Roberts threatened tellers with a firearm, even firing a pistol inside the bank during one of the robberies.  After being released from prison on the armed bank robbery charges, Roberts switched to fraud to steal from banks.    


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