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Orlando, Florida – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – United States Attorney Paul I. Perez today announced the return of an indictment by a federal grand jury charging EDWARD JOHANSON, a 65-year old resident of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with four counts of bank robbery.

The maximum penalties JOHANSON faces if convicted of each bank robbery count are twenty-five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

According to the indictment, JOHANSON robbed branches of the First National
Bank, Bank of America and Washington Mutual Bank between September 6, 2005 and
September 10, 2005. These banks are located in Volusia, Seminole and Orange Counties.

During the robbery spree, JOHANSON obtained United States currency from bank
employees displaying a metallic gun that appeared to be a large caliber hand gun.
Investigators later determined it was a BB-gun.

The case represents the culmination of a cooperative effort between the United
States Attorney’s Office, the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Ocoee Police Department, the New Smyrna Beach Police Department, the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. This is another case prosecuted as a part the Department of Justice program “Project Safe Neighborhoods” – a nationwide gun violence reduction initiative. United States Attorney Paul I. Perez is coordinating the cooperative effort here in the Middle District of Florida with federal, state and local law enforcement officials. The objective is to reduce violent crime by swiftly prosecuting offenders using both federal and state laws.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr., and Special Assistant United States Attorney Gregory J. Konieczka.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation
of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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