• Man sentenced in bank spree
    December 26,2012

    A New Jersey man will serve five years in federal prison for his role in robbing banks in Rutland County and in nearby New York.

    Three months after John W. Maynard pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States, federal Judge Christina Reiss sentenced the 31-year-old to a 60-month jail-term followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $21,852 in restitution to four banks.

    Maynard and accomplice Jill M. Ludwig, 30, were arrested shortly after a robbery at the Citizens Bank in Poultney on Nov. 2, 2011.

    Ludwig, who also hails from New Jersey, and Maynard faced matching charges for conducting a series of bank robberies between Sept. 7 and Nov., 2, 2011 in Rutland, West Rutland, Poultney and at two banks in Granville, N.Y.

    Earlier this month Ludwig, who pleaded guilty to the charge in August, was sentenced to 37 months in jail

    Prosecutors said the pair used the money from their bank robberies to buy drugs, which they used and sold.

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