Feds: Jersey City man pleads guilty to bank robberies, impersonating a federal agent

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A Jersey City man has pleaded guilty to his role in two bank robberies, along with a third failed attempt, as well as impersonating a federal agent, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

William Tedeschi. Photo courtesy of the Hoboken Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

William Tedeschi, 48, of Jersey City, 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, Carpenito said in a statement.

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.

On September 8, 2019, Tedeschi entered a Jersey City business purporting to be an FBI agent soliciting donations for a fictitious charity benefitting law enforcement.

About three years prior, he was accused of committing a nearly identical scheme in Hoboken.

Then, on November 5, 2019, Tedeschi and his co-defendants robbed a bank in Union City, New Jersey, and split the robbery proceeds.

He attempted to rob a bank in Newark on November 16th, and on Novemeber, Tedeschi robbed a bank in Elizabeth. During the two completed robberies and the attempted robbery, Tedeschi handed the bank tellers notes demanding cash, authorities said.

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 October 1st of this year.