Bank robber who wore 'old man' mask gets prison

Albert Maghen
Albert Maghen admitted he wore an 'old man' mask and robbed two South Florida banks.

 

Afired financial adviser who donned an “old man” mask to rob two South Florida banks last year was sentenced Thursday to two years and four months in federal prison.

“I can’t believe how quickly my life spiraled out of control,” Abraham Maghen, 25, of Hollywood, told the judge at his sentencing hearing. “I’m truly sorry for all the hurt that I’ve caused.”

Maghen was using heroin when he decided to rob the banks, in Boca Raton and Pembroke Pines, just one week apart in early May. He had previously undergone substance-abuse treatment but relapsed shortly after moving from New York, where he grew up, to South Florida.

Family members and other supporters said Maghen, who had no criminal record, has been working hard to beat his addiction. He has been locked up since his May arrest.

Maghen wore what looked like a professionally made theatrical mask when he held up the bank tellers.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to the Boca Raton holdup but acknowledged he committed both crimes. In addition to prison time, the judge also ordered him to pay restitution and undergo substance-abuse and mental-health treatment.

Maghen flashed what looked like a hand gun when he stole about $10,000 around lunchtime on May 2 from a Chase Bank branch in the 700 block of North University Drive in Pembroke Pines.

 

Abraham Maghen
Abraham Maghen, 25, of Hollywood, admitted he robbed two banks, May 2 in Pembroke Pines and May 9 in Boca Raton. He wore an "old man" mask to commit the crimes. (Broward Sheriff's Office / Courtesy)

 

He wore ear buds and handed a note to the teller that said he was listening to a police scanner and “Do not try anything or I will shoot you in the stomach.’”

When the teller asked how much he wanted, he “raised all 10 fingers in the air” and took off with $10,000.

He spent “$2,755 in a matter of approximately 55 minutes” in the casino at the Seminole Hard Rock complex near Hollywood that night and deposited $2,500 in his bank account the next day, according to the FBI.

A week later, on May 9, he wore the mask when he robbed $1,822 from a TD Bank branch in the 1300 block of West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton. He handed a note to the teller that claimed his “grandson” was sick and he needed $40,000.

He was caught after agents traced his landlady’s car, which he used without her knowledge, from video footage recorded near where a GPS tracking device from the stolen money was dumped..

His internet history revealed he had been searching for bank robbery “success and failure stories” and police scanner information.

Maghen worked for financial companies in Miami and Brooklyn, N.Y., but said he was fired from the last one after rejecting his boss’s “constructive criticism.”

 

Article From:- http://www.sun-sentinel.com

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