Federal charges filed against men charged in Wayland Bank thefts
Grand jury charges, a federal indictment and federal custody are being faced by the men accused of the Wayland State Bank robberies.
Henry County Sheriff Allen Wittmer confirmed that Morris Dean Thompson III, who had been held in Henry County custody for the robberies at the Wayland State Bank, was released to the FBI on Dec. 9.
A federal grand jury indicted Thompson and Ryan Nicholas Zasareti on one count of conspiracy to rob banks and three counts of bank robbery, according to the indictment filed with the Clerk U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa in Des Moines Dec. 15.
According to DCI investigator Jeff Uhlmeyer, all state charges have been dropped and the case is solely in federal hands.
The documents, submitted to the News by Kevin E. VanderSchel, first assistant U.S. attorney with the Southern District of Iowa, on Dec. 30, show the conspiracy charge stems from three Iowa and one Kentucky bank that were robbed between Aug. 8 and Sept. 16.
“On or about the dates indicated…the defendants, MORRIS DEAN THOMPSON, III, and RYAN NICHOLAS ZASARETI, by force and violence, and by intimidation, did take…money belonging to and in the care, custody, control, management, and possession of…the accounts of which were then insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA),” the indictment reads.
For more on this story, see the Jan. 3 issue of the Mt. Pleasant News.