Newark man pleads guilty to robbing 5 banks, 4 in Hudson County, in 1 month

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A Newark man pleaded guilty to robbing five banks, four of which were in Hudson County, during a one-month time frame in 2016, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Jermaine Mason. Photo courtesy of Harrison Police Department.
Jermaine Mason. Photo courtesy of Harrison Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jermaine Mason, also known as “Asim Harris,” 39, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to five counts of bank robbery today.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Mason robbed the following banks on the dates set forth below:

1. Kearny Bank in Harrison, October 21st, 2016

2. PNC Bank in Jersey City, November 3, 2016

3. Popular Community Bank in Newark, November 17, 2016

4. Provident Bank in Jersey City, November 18, 2016

5. Provident Bank in Kearny, November 29, 2016

Mason admitted that during each of the above robberies, he either presented a note demanding cash from bank tellers or verbally demanded money, authorities said.

The bank robbery charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for August 29.

Mason was originally arrested by state authorities on November 30, 2016 and has been in custody since that time.

Prior to his arrest, he was on federal supervised release for a federal bank robbery conviction after he robbed several banks in 2006 and 2007.