Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Bank Robberies

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Maurice Ray, 34, of Philadelphia, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in prison for committing two bank robberies over three days. United States District Court Judge Juan R. Sánchez handed down the sentence, which also includes three years of supervised release, a $200 special assessment, and restitution of $2,147.

Ray used demand notes to rob a Citizens Bank branch in Philadelphia on December 14, 2021, and a Bank of America branch in Bensalem, PA, on December 16, 2021. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, working with the Philadelphia Police Department and the Bensalem Police Department, arrested Ray the following day in Philadelphia.

In January 2022, Ray was indicted on two counts of bank robbery. A federal jury convicted him of both charges on August 15, 2023.

“Maurice Ray is a career offender with a history of robbing banks and businesses,” said U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero. “Two stints in prison have not deterred him. This 15-year sentence will at least keep him off the street and prevent him from claiming any additional victims.”

The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department, the Bensalem Police Department, and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert prosecuted the case.

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