A former Buffalo man was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with four local HSBC Bank robberies in 2011, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Friday.
Clifford B. Smith, 32, is accused of holding up the HSBC branches at 3107 Bailey Ave. on Sept. 29, 2011, the 1017 Broadway location on Oct. 21, 2011 and the branch at 973 Main St. on both Oct. 25 and Nov. 8, 2011, according to a statement by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti.
Smith made off with roughly a combined $42,000 in all the holdups, Grisanti reported.
A federal grand jury in Buffalo returned a 13-count indictment against Smith charging him with robbery, entry of a bank with intent to commit a larceny, bank larceny and brandishing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
If convicted, Smith faces up to 25 years in prison with a seven-year mandatory prison sentence for the firearm charge as well as a $250,000 fine.
The FBI and Buffalo Police participated in the investigation.