Plainfield Woman Admits Being Getaway Driver For Bank Robberies

NEWARK, N.J. – A Plainfield woman admitted  to playing a role in three armed robberies of banks in Somerset and Middlesex, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Andrea Dorsey, 54, pleaded guilty on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court to three counts of bank robbery.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Claude Williams, 61, of Elizabeth, was charged in July 2012 with six counts of bank robbery and two counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Those charges remain pending.

Allegedly, Williams would usually send an accomplice into banks shortly before robbing them. Dorsey admitted she went into banks to gather information for Williams about how many employees were working and served as the getaway driver during the armed robberies of the Financial Resources Federal Credit Union located in Somerset on Sept. 26, 2011, and the Somerset Savings Bank located in Somerville on Nov. 21, 2011. Dorsey was also charged in connection with the June 20, 2012 robbery of Fulton Bank in Metuchen.

Williams and Dorsey were arrested on July 30, 2012, blocks from a Unity Bank in Somerset. Williams was wearing a bandana and law enforcement found a handgun and white gloves in the car.

Dorsey faces a maximum potential penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offense, on each of the three counts. Sentencing is currently scheduled for Oct. 30.

The charges and allegations  against Williams are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middlesex Borough, Piscataway, Clifton, Metuchen, North Plainfield and Plainfield Police Departments for their excellent work.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Osmar J. Benvenuto of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

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