Harrison woman pleads guilty to Valentine’s Day bank robbery, 2 other heists


A Harrison woman pleaded guilty in Newark federal court yesterday to committing a Valentine’s Day bank robbery this year, also admitting to heisting two more banks in a three-week time frame, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. 

A stock image of a Wells Fargo Bank from Union Square Blog.
A stock image of a Wells Fargo Bank from Union Square Blog.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Valeria Parziale, 35, of Harrison, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer to robbing three banks between Jan, 30, 2o14 and Feb. 20, 2014, authorities said.

Specifically, Parziale conceded that she robbed a Valley National Bank in Harrison on January 30, a Wells Fargo Bank in Newark on February 14 and finally a Poplar Community Bank in Newark on February 20, officials stated.

Parziale handed the bank teller a note demanding cash and threatening to use a gun in each instance, wearing a wig to conceal her identity on one unspecified occasion, according to court documents.

The Hudson County woman was arrested in Newark on February 24 when she was in possession of a similar wig and ransom note, the indictment states.

The bank robbery charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Parziale has her sentencing scheduled for December 23 of this year.

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