Three Men Charged in White Plains Federal Court with Committing Home Invasion Armed Robberies in New York and Connecticut
|U.S. Attorney’s Office October 23, 2012|
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; Mary Galligan, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Janet DiFiore, the Westchester County District Attorney, announced today the filing of charges against Paul Dibiase, a/k/a “Carmine Stanzione,” Daniel Dibiase, and Jason Foskey on firearms charges and robbery offenses that were committed in homes in New York and Connecticut. All three defendants are being transferred from state custody and will be presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge George A. Yanthis.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As alleged, these defendants terrorized victims in their homes, tying them up and threatening them at gunpoint. Today, their alleged brazen campaign of violence and fear has been ended. Communities in multiple states are safer as a result of the work that led to the bringing of these charges.”
FBI Acting Assistant Director in Charge Mary Galligan stated, “From New Canaan to North Castle, these alleged crooks held victims at gunpoint before tying them up in their own homes. Armed with firearms and body armor, these men conducted thorough surveillance before violating the sanctity of victims’ homes and ransacking their valuables with extreme violence. Today, their reign of terror and violence is over.”
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore stated, “The allegations that these three defendants targeted several Westchester communities, in a calculated and premeditated fashion, violently entering homes and systematically ransacking them, taking cash and jewelry, is nothing short of frightening. Close cooperation, coordination, and information-sharing between law enforcement was instrumental in the investigation and apprehension of these individuals.”
The following allegations are based on the complaint on which the defendants are to be presented today:
From 2011 through October 2012, Paul Dibiase, Daniel Dibiase, and Foskey conspired to travel from Dutchess County, New York, across state lines, to commit multiple robberies and burglaries. Paul Dibiase and Foskey entered their victims’ homes and, using threats and violence, including on one occasion holding a gun to a victim’s head, subdued and tied up the occupants. The two then searched the homes and stole jewelry, silverware, and other valuables. Daniel Dibiase served as the getaway car driver. The defendants Paul Dibiase and Foskey—who wore masks—carried guns and replica guns during some of the robberies and burglaries, which they used to threaten their victims.
In addition to the robbery offenses, Paul and Daniel Dibiase are charged with possessing a firearm after having been convicted of felonies. On October 18, 2012, in the vicinity of Interstate 287, in Westchester County, Paul and Daniel Dibiase and Foskey were arrested, and among the items recovered from a sport utility vehicle in which the defendants were riding was a handgun that had been previously reported stolen by a law enforcement officer.
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Paul Dibiase, 57, Daniel Dibiase, 55, and Foskey, 34, are all residents of Dutchess County, New York. All three defendants face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Mr. Bharara thanked the FBI; the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office; the Bedford, New York Police Department; the Greenwich, Connecticut Police Department; the Harrison, New York Police Department; the New Canaan, Connecticut Police Department; the New York State Police; the North Castle New York, Police Department; the Westchester County Department of Public Safety; and the Ridgefield, Connecticut Police Department and stated that the investigation is ongoing.
The case is being prosecuted by the White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin Allee and Ilan Graff are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.