Former Md. resident charged in string of bank robberies

June 19, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former Montgomery County resident was arrested yesterday in California on charges he robbed 15 banks in Maryland, two other states and the District of Columbia, said Lynne A. Battaglia, the U.S. Attoney for Maryland.

James Anthony McNally Jr., 34, was arrested at home in Newport Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles, Battaglia said. She said he was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Baltimore on charges of robbing 15 banks in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut between July 1996 and January 1997.

McNally also was indicted on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, bank fraud and firearms offenses, Battaglia said.

The indictment alleges that between July 1996 and January 1997, McNally and Stephen Brent Himes, of no known address, robbed the banks to purchase gambling chips in Atlantic City, N.J.

Battaglia said McNally also is charged with defrauding Chevy Chase FSB Bank by passing a counterfeit cashier's check for $98,000 and then laundering part of the money by transferring it to a securities account in New York.

Battaglia said McNally will appear before a federal judge in California before being extradited to Maryland.

Pub Date: 6/19/98

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