Jobless man accused of robbing 12 Phoenix-area banks

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PHOENIX -- A jobless man is accused of robbing a dozen banks in the Phoenix area.

A federal grand jury returned a 16-count indictment against Cristian Alfredo Urquijo, 39, of California, for bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

Urquijo was charged for his role in 12 bank robberies since September 2010, during which he was dubbed the "Black Binder Bandit" for his possession of a black binder during a majority of the robberies.

The robberies occurred in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe and Scottsdale. He was caught on July 20 after allegedly robbing a Wells Fargo in Gilbert.

Urquijo reportedly told investigators that he had been laid off from work and had to rob to survive.

His arraignment is set for Aug. 31.

A conviction for bank robbery carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. A conviction for armed bank robbery carries a maximum penalty of up to 35 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. A conviction for the use of a firearm during a crime of violence carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.