Leonard Coulter / Source: Randall County Sheriff's Office
Richard Cunningham / Source: Randall County Sheriff's Office
Raul Garcia / Source: Randall County Sheriff's Office
Surveillance video from the Education Credit Union shows a disguised man robbing the bank on May 25, 2016 / Source: Amarillo Police Department
Keli Edwards / Source: Potter County Sheriff's Office
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -
A former employee of Amarillo Education Credit Union faces up to 20 years in federal prison for aiding four others robbing the bank last year and, months later, carrying out another theft of the same bank.
Desire Valverde, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday and also faces a fine of up to $250,000.
Four other defendants in the case - Leonard Coulter, 29, Richard Cunningham, 39, Keli Edwards, 35, and Raul Garcia, 28 - also pleaded guilty to various charges, all of which stem from the two robberies last May and September.
They left the credit union with approximately $60,067.
During the investigation, the FBI identified Garcia as another party involved in both robberies - once as Valverde's informant and the other time as the getaway driver.
Garcia was later stopped by agents in his pickup, where they found $5,020 and two firearms, including the one Coulter used during the September robbery.
Coulter and Garcia both pleaded guilty to one count of credit union robbery and one count of using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. The robbery count carries a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and $250,000 fine. The firearms offense carries a mandatory seven-year penalty and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing for Coulter and Garcia is set for July 11.
Cunningham and Valverde pleaded guilty to one count of credit union robbery. Sentencing for Cunningham is set for July 10. Valverde will be sentenced on July 11.
Edwards pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony. Edwards was Coulter's girlfriend and was watching out for law enforcement on the Sept. 23 robbery. Her charge carries a maximum of three years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. She will be sentenced on July 10.