Plainfield woman sentenced to 87 months in prison for role as lookout, getaway driver in armed bank robberies

NEWARK — A Plainfield woman was sentenced to 87 months in prison for playing a role in three armed robberies of banks in Somerset and Middlesex counties, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.

Andrea Dorsey, 54, of Plainfield, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging her with three counts of bank robbery. McNulty imposed the sentence last week in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: Claude Williams, 62, of Elizabeth, was charged on Aug. 16, 2013, in a 17-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, seven counts of bank robbery, eight counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of attempted bank robbery. Those charges remain pending against Williams.

Williams would usually send an accomplice into banks shortly before robbing them. Dorsey admitted she went into banks to gather information for Williams about how many employees were working and served as the getaway driver during the armed robberies of the Financial Resources Federal Credit Union located in Somerset, on Sept. 26, 2011; the Somerset Savings Bank located in Somerville, on Nov. 21, 2011; and the Fulton Bank located in Metuchen, on June 20, 2012.

Williams and Dorsey were arrested July 30, 2012, near a Unity Bank in Somerset. Williams was wearing a bandana and law enforcement found a handgun and white gloves in the car.

In addition to the prison term, McNulty sentenced Dorsey to four years of supervised release and ordered her to pay $59,387 in restitution.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment against Williams are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron Ford in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middlesex Borough, Piscataway, Clifton, Metuchen, North Plainfield and Plainfield Police Departments for their roles in the investigation.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Osmar  Benvenuto of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.