CONCORD, N.H. – Derek Potocki, 32, previously of Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced yesterday to 72 months in prison for his role in the robbery of a credit union in March of 2015.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Potocki pressured Melissa Boucher, 28, previously of Manchester, to rob a bank for him.
Potocki selected the target and provided Boucher with instructions, including how to dress and disguise her appearance. The two proceeded to the Members First Credit Union on Bridge Street in Manchester on the morning of March 3, 2015. Boucher, who was unarmed at the time, did as she had been instructed. Entering the bank alone, she passed a note to the teller and obtained approximately $6,250.
After she fled with the cash, Potocki and Boucher divided the proceeds. Boucher then used a portion of the proceeds to purchase heroin and overdosed. When paramedics were able to resuscitate her, large amounts of cash fell out of her clothing – prompting her arrest. Potocki took his portion of the funds and fled the area. He was arrested in Massachusetts on March 12, 2015 and has remained in custody on unrelated charges since that date.
Potocki’s sentence followed his earlier guilty plea. After serving his prison sentence, Potocki will spend three years on supervised release. He also was ordered to pay restitution to the credit union.
Boucher previously pleaded guilty to her role in the robbery and was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment.
This matter was investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charles L. Rombeau.