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Accused bank robber charged by feds

From the 2014 Major Crimes part 2 series
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Christopher Hart

Christopher Hart

A Kokomo man accused of robbing banks in Kokomo and Peru in 2012 now faces several federal charges involving the theft of medical records to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Christopher D. Hart, 42, Kokomo, faces five counts of wire fraud and five counts of aggravated identity theft, a federal indictment provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Indiana stated. The indictment, charged by a grand jury, was filed July 15.

A pre-trial hearing is set for March 20 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis with a jury trial set for April 20.

Court records show Christopher Hart admitted to robbing a Kokomo bank twice and a Peru bank once in a span of five months in 2012.

Kokomo police arrested Hart on a warrant for two Class B felony charges in July 2012 of armed robbery after a Crime Stoppers tip led police to him.

A recommended plea was filed in the case in September, but after being notified by the Miami County jail that Hart was taken into federal custody, the plea was put on hold, court records show.

A third warrant for Hart regarding the Peru bank robbery was filed the same month in Miami Circuit Court.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Howard Superior Court 4 states Hart confessed to others that he robbed the Kokomo Heritage Federal Credit Union on South Courtland Avenue twice — once on Jan. 3 and again on April 1 — and a First Merchants Bank in Peru in December.

Kokomo police said the money has not been recovered and Hart refused to give a statement to police.

Hart also told others he acted alone in the three robberies, the charging information alleges.

The Howard and Miami county cases are pending.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years on each robbery charge.

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