A White Plains, New York, woman was sentenced on Wednesday to 162 month is prison for robbing a Glen Rock Savings Bank and fraudulently using al elderly victim’s checks to steal $198,750.
Michelle Cantatore, 53, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging her with one count of bank robbery and one count of wire fraud. Cantatore had also previously admitted robbing two other banks in Connecticut. These robberies were taken into consideration at Wednesday’s sentencing.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Cantatore admitted fashioning a paintball gun to look like an actual firearm and using it to rob the Glen Rock Savings Bank on Feb. 15, 2015. Cantatore entered the bank wearing a wig and sunglasses and, while brandishing the paintball gun, shouted to everyone in the bank: “Put your hands up. This is for real. This is a robbery. I have a gun.”
Cantatore fled the bank after taking money from the vault and a teller station. Law enforcement later tracked her to a hotel room in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
At her plea hearing, Cantatore also admitted robbing a Greenwich Bank and Trust in Riverside, Connecticut, and a JP Morgan Chase Bank in Darien, Connecticut, on Jan. 30, 2015 and Feb. 24, 2015, respectively. In both instances she used an altered paintball punt to threaten the victims.
Cantatore also admitted stealing $198,750 from a sick and elderly man by taking his checks, writing them out to accounts she controlled, and cashing them without his knowledge.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Salas Sentenced Cantatore to three years of supervised release and ordered her to pay restitution of $406,703.13.