Fake FBI Agent Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

Posed As Agent To Collect Money For Fake Charity

Keith Griffin

May 27, 2020

FBI San Diego Female Special Agent Fingerprinting | Courtesy photo

First, he tried to fraudulently raise money for charity as a fake FBI agent. Then he resorted to simply robbing banks instead.

William Tedeschi, 48, of Jersey City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an indictment charging him with one count of bank robbery, one count of attempted bank robbery, and one count of impersonating a federal agent. U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito made the announcement.

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 benefitting law enforcement.
  • On Nov. 5, 2019, Tedeschi and his co-defendants robbed a bank in Union City, New Jersey, and split the robbery proceeds.
  • On Nov. 16, 2019, Tedeschi attempted to rob a bank in Newark.
  • Then, on Nov. 26, 2019, Tedeschi robbed a bank in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 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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