Shayne M. Fleming-Pancione of Easthampton pleads guilty to counterfeiting charge
SPRINGFIELD — An Easthampton man already facing prison time for a bank robbery in Vermont has been convicted of counterfeiting charges.
Shayne M. Fleming-Pancione, 36, of 120 Union St. Apt. 2, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to a charge of manufacturing and distributing counterfeit U.S. currency, according to prosecutors.
In December, Fleming-Pancione pleaded guilty to a count of grand larceny and was sentenced to eight years in prision in connection with the Aug. 13, 2011, robbery of a TD Bank branch in Brattleboro, Vt.
Prosecutors in the counterfeiting case say Fleming-Pancione manufactured and then distributed counterfeit $20 bills in Easthampton and Southampton during August and September of 2011.
According to police, Fleming-Pancione had used about $200 of counterfeit money at fast-food restaurants and convenience stores in Easthampton and Southampton.
He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing scheduled for April 1.
Fleming-Pancione was linked to the TD Bank robbery while he was being investigated for counterfeiting by Easthampton police, the FBI’s Gang Task Force, the Springfield office of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Holyoke Police Narcotics Unit, the Northwestern district attorney’s office, and the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield.
According to published reports, Fleming-Pancione took $3,050 in the robbery after threatening to shoot the bank tellers, though he did not show a weapon.
During the counterfeiting investigation, Easthampton police received information about the Vermont robbery and they recognized Fleming-Pancione from surveillance video. He had been arrested on drug and counterfeiting charges in September 2011 in Easthampton.
Fleming-Pancione, who grew up in Granby, has been convicted on drug and robbery charges dating back to 1999. In 2005 he was sentenced to serve 7 to 10 years in prison for possession of a class A substance, heroin, larceny over $250 and two charges of armed and masked robbery. He was out on parole until his arrest.