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‘Bad Wig Bandit,’ Accomplice Sentenced for Bank Robberies



Two residents of San Jose, Calif., were sentenced in United States District Court in San Francisco yesterday for their involvement in a series of bank robberies last summer, United States Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello announced.

Matthew Charles Dehn, 47, and Lisa Monique Zamorano, 32, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Oct. 16, 2008. Dehn was charged with 10 counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a). He was also charged with one count of conspiracy in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. Zamorano was charged with one count of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery, both in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a). She was also charged with one count of conspiracy in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. Dehn pled guilty on February 4 to all the robbery counts and attempted robbery counts. That same day, Zamorano pled guilty to both the robbery and attempted robbery counts in which she had admitted her involvement.

Yesterday, United States District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton sentenced Dehn to 146 months in prison, and ordered him to pay $26,907 in restitution to the victim banks. Zamorano was sentenced by Judge Hamilton to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay $5,712 in restitution.

From March 2008 to August 2008, Dehn robbed 10 banks in eight California cities: San Mateo, Redwood City, Danville, Los Altos, Dublin, Burlingame, Newark, and San Bruno. He was apprehended by the FBI after his attempt to rob a bank in San Rafael, Calif. During the robberies, Dehn demanded money from bank tellers while disguising his features with a baseball cap, sunglasses, and a coarse, brown wig tied in a ponytail. His disguise earned him the nickname of the “Bad Wig Bandit.” Zamorano assisted Dehn during the last two incidents by driving him to and from the banks.

Dorothy Chou Proudfoot, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Philip J. Kearney, Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuted the case with the assistance of Rosario Calderon and Rawaty Yim. The prosecution was the result of a seven-month investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Mateo Police Department, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Danville Police Department, Los Altos Police Department, Dublin Police Department, Burlingame Police Department, Newark Police Department, San Bruno Police Department, Redwood City Police Department, and San Rafael Police Department.

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