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September 11, 2014

Orlando Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Robbing Credit Union

ORLANDO, FL—Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Raulier Rivas Lopez (28, Orlando) to 14 years in federal prison for one count of credit union robbery with assault and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of the robbery. As part of his sentence, the Court also ordered Lopez to pay over $7,000 in restitution. Lopez pleaded guilty on June 10, 2014.

According to court documents and testimony at sentencing, on the morning of January 25, 2012, Lopez, along with three co-conspirators, robbed the American Eagle Credit Union located at 7007 SeaWorld Drive, in Orlando. Lopez and two of his co-conspirators, all wearing masks, entered the credit union and demanded money from the credit union employees. Lopez pointed a firearm at the employees as his co-conspirators pepper-sprayed the employees so that they would not be able to identify the robbers. Lopez and his co-conspirators stole approximately $7,000 during the robbery.

To date, one other individual, Joseph Cotto-Diaz, has been arrested for his role in this robbery. Cotto-Diaz was charged in a superseding indictment on March 19, 2014. He is scheduled for trial in October 2014.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Schuster.

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