NEWARK, NJ – A Plainfield woman was sentenced Thursday to 87 months in prison for playing a role in three armed robberies of banks in Somerset and Middlesex counties, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Andrea Dorsey, 54, of Plainfield previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging her with three counts of bank robbery. Judge McNulty imposed the sentence Thursday in Newark federal court.
Claude Williams, 62, of Elizabeth, was charged on Aug. 16, 2013, in a 17-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, seven counts of bank robbery, eight counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of attempted bank robbery. Those charges remain pending against Williams.
Williams would usually send an accomplice into banks shortly before robbing them. Dorsey admitted she went into banks to gather information for Williams about how many employees were working and served as the getaway driver during the armed robberies of the Financial Resources Federal Credit Union located in Somerset, on Sept. 26, 2011; the Somerset Savings Bank located in Somerville on Nov. 21, 2011; and the Fulton Bank
located in Metuchen on June 20, 2012.
Williams and Dorsey were arrested July 30, 2012, near a Unity Bank in Somerset. Williams was wearing a bandana and law enforcement found a handgun and white gloves in the car.
In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty sentenced Dorsey to four years of supervised release and ordered her to pay $59,387 in restitution.
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