Casey Swain, 37, of Buffalo, was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday on 12 charges for allegedly robbing four First Niagara Bank branches in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Kenmore and Niagara Falls over the past year.
U.S. Attorney Williams J. Hochul Jr. said Swain, if convicted as charged, faces a prison term of up to 20 year and a fine of up to $250,000 or both. Swain allegedly warned bank tellers “things would turn bad” if they tried to stuff bank security devices into the bags in which they were ordered to put money or if they kept staring at him while they loaded the money.
Swain is also a suspect in nine other local bank robberies in recent years.
He pleaded not guilty to the larceny-related charges during his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. and was ordered to remain in custody without bail pending further proceedings.