NEWARK, NJ - A 48-year-old Jersey City man pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery, one count of attempted bank robbery, and one count of impersonating a federal agent via videoconference Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Tuesday.
William Tedeschi was previously charged by indictment in December 2019, and his co-defendants were charged in the same indictment for their roles in a Union City bank robbery.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: on Sept. 8, 2019, Tedeschi entered a Jersey City business purporting to be an FBI agent soliciting donations for a fictitious charity benefiting law enforcement. On Nov. 5, 2019, Tedeschi and his co-defendants robbed a bank in Union City, and split the robbery proceeds. On Nov. 16, 2019, Tedeschi attempted to rob a bank in Newark, and on Nov. 26, 2019, Tedeschi robbed a bank in Elizabeth. During the two completed robberies and the attempted robbery, Tedeschi handed the bank tellers notes demanding cash.
The bank robbery charges to which Tedeschi pleaded guilty carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine; the impersonation of a federal officer charge carries a maximum penalty of three years and a $250,000 fine. Tedeschi’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 1, 2020.
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