Man Turns To Bank Robbery 20 Years After Winning Millions In Lottery
To chance upon wealth can be so confusing and distracting that many end up where they were – poverty.
Like this man, James Allen Hayes, who won $19 million in the California Lottery 20 years ago; he probably thought he would never be poor again. But alas! 20 years after, he has returned to poverty and resorted to armed robbery to make ends meet.
On Tuesday, Hayes pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery at a Los Angeles court.
The 55-year-old man took just under $40,000 during the crime spree, which took place in Los Angeles last year. He faces up to 80 years in prison after signing a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, reports say.
The LA Daily News reported that Hayes targeted 10 banks, passing a note to bank tellers demanding cash and, in some cases, threatening them that he was carrying a gun.
He was dubbed the “Seasoned Bandit” by the FBI as they hunted for the perpetrator of the robberies.
The Daily News reported that he was a heroin addict and living in a garage at the time of his arrest.
He was indicted in 2017 for the heists, which took place in Pacific Palisades, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, Newhall and elsewhere.
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