Husband and Wife Indicted for Robbery of Scott Credit Union in O’Fallon
A United States Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against Steve M. Dodson, 45, and Denise K. Dodson, 43, (husband and wife) of Collinsville, Illinois, charging them with Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery and Bank Robbery, United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced today. Following a hearing, both were ordered held in custody without bond pending trial, which is set for August 25, 2014.
The offenses charged in the indictment allege that on May 24, 2013, Steve and Denise Dodson committed the offenses of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery and Bank Robbery by (1) driving to the Scott Credit Union in O’Fallon, Illinois; (2) Steve Dodson exiting the vehicle, putting a mask over his face, and walking toward the credit union; (3) Denise Dodson waiting in a car to drive Steven Dodson away from the credit union; (4) Steve Dodson approaching two employees of Scott Credit Union, telling them that he had a gun, and taking money belonging to the credit union (5) stealing and retaining approximately $100,000 from the Scott Credit Union; and (6) fleeing the scene in a vehicle driven by Denise Dodson.
The announcement of this Indictment was delayed until the Dodsons could be brought into the federal system. Before this time, they were each serving sentences in the Illinois Department of Corrections for crimes related to burglary.
If convicted, each person faces a term in prison of up to five years on the charge of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery and a term in prison of up to 20 years on the charge of Bank Robbery. Steve and Denise Dodson also face a fine up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to five (5) years once they are released.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant that is comprised of the essential facts constituting the offense charged. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The case was investigated by the O’Fallon Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Ali Summers.