NEWARK, N.J. – A Morris County man has been found guilty of robbing a bank at gunpoint, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Rahman Fulton, 35, of Randolph, N.J., was convicted by a jury Jan. 28, 2014, after a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court. The jury deliberated three hours before returning guilty verdicts on one count of bank robbery and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of the bank robbery.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
Fulton was charged with robbing the PNC bank in Randolph May 25, 2012. Fulton entered the bank wearing a black cloth mask covering his head and face and holding a handgun. He demanded and received money from a bank teller. The bank teller slipped a GPS tracking device into the money she handed over to Fulton. The GPS data placed the tracking device in Fulton’s bedroom minutes after the robbery. He later lied to the police about his whereabouts during the robbery and made other incriminating statements to his girlfriend and girlfriend’s sister, including a call just 10 minutes after the robbery to someone that worked across the street from the bank asking them if they had heard about the robbery.
Fulton faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, on the bank robbery conviction and a mandatory consecutive seven years in prison on the weapons conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for May 13, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation leading to the charge. He also thanked the Randolph Township Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their contributions to the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel V. Shapiro and Elizabeth Harris of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
Defense Counsel: Carol Gillen Esq. and K. Anthony Thomas Esq., Assistant Federal PublicDefenders, Newark