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Date: 07-18-2023

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United States of America v. Ariel Valero

Case Number: 23-cr-60020

Judge: Cecilia M. Altonaga

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Broward County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Fort Lauderdale

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Description: Fort Lauderdale, Florida criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with bank rubbery by force or violence.

On December 26, 2019, Ariel Valero, age 45, of Hialeah, Florida, entered a Wells Fargo bank, located in Miramar, Broward County, Florida, covered head-to-toe in a black jumpsuit and ski mask. Upon entering the bank, Valero brandished a black firearm, jumped onto the teller counter, threatened the tellers, and stole $30,959.99 in cash. Surveillance footage captured Valero leaving the scene of the robbery on a bicycle, pedaling for a couple of blocks, and then dumping the bicycle in the nearby plaza. A forensic examination of the bicycle seat revealed the presence of Valero’s DNA. The jury convicted Valero of the armed bank robbery.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI, Miami Field Office, announced the sentence.

FBI Miami investigated the case, with assistance from the Miramar Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys M. Catherine Koontz and Ajay Alexander prosecuted it. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Paster is handling asset forfeiture.


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