Former Biglaw Affiliate Accused Of Currently being ‘Serial Bank Robber’

Enika Vania

Ordinarily, when anyone says “you bought robbed” when referring to a law firm, they are speaking about a case that went improperly or a enormous monthly bill. Soon after a series of bank robberies in South Florida, just one previous Biglaw associate is allegedly bringing a whole new this means to the phrase.

Earlier this week, the FBI arrested Aaron Honaker, 41, on suspicion of robbing, and trying to rob, five banking companies. Honaker’s alleged crimes happened between September 30 and Oct 15 at four banking companies in Coral Gables (Citibank, Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, and HSBC Bank) and 1 bank in Aventura (Chase Lender).

Is this man trying to come to be the up coming Shon Hopwood?

In interviews with Regional 10 News, Honaker’s colleagues described him as a “highly intelligent” and “brilliant” attorney. “I have no clarification as to how he acquired to this stage,” a former colleague stated.

Honaker claims to be a graduate of Duke College and Duke Regulation on his LinkedIn profile, but the elite school says it has no file of him at any time attending. Rather, it would seem that he’s a graduate of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Regulation. Honaker commenced his legal occupation as an affiliate at Greenberg Traurig, exactly where he practiced company reorganization and monetary restructuring. In accordance to the FBI, he’s now allegedly involved in a various sort of monetary restructuring.

The Miami Herald has the information on Honaker’s alleged theft tries:

Aaron Honaker (Image through Miami-Dade Corrections)

▪ Sept. 30 — Citibank, 396 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables.

The prison grievance says Honaker, described as a 6-foot white male in his 30s, sat in the lobby for 15 minutes. He at some point handed a handwritten be aware to a teller warning versus touching the alarm or calling the police while he requested for $10,000.

The teller mentioned she instructed him she “didn’t have the revenue it is in the equipment.” Honaker remaining the lender with only his take note.

▪ Oct. 3 — Chase, 20880 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura.

The grievance suggests Honaker instructed the teller he wished to make a withdrawal, but lacked his debit card. He mentioned, nevertheless, this be aware he was handing her would have directions on how to aid him withdraw money. This time, the notice requested all the $50 costs and $100 costs in the teller’s drawer be place in an envelope.

The teller did as questioned. Honaker still left with his be aware and $1,050.

▪ Oct. 5 — Wells Fargo, 2555 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables.

This time, the grievance states, Honaker donned “a floppy hat and a blue, quick-sleeved shirt” but kept a comparable observe. This one particular reported, “Keep quiet and give me all the income in the drawer. I have a gun.”

The teller feigned issues with English, providing her an excuse to discuss with her supervisor. When she knowledgeable her manager that the person in the floppy hat was making an attempt to rob them, Honaker backed away, appeared to get on his cellphone, then left the bank.

▪ Oct. 10 — Chase, 355 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables.

The criticism states Honaker went back again to inquiring for “$50s and $100s.” And he walked out with $800.

▪ Thursday, Oct. 15 — HSBC, 2222 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables.

This time, the criticism says, Honaker’s take note confused the teller.

The teller “glanced at the notice and, without the need of knowing its true that means, questioned (Honaker) to fill out a withdrawal slip very first due to the fact she essential an account amount.”

So, Honaker did. On the withdrawal slip, he wrote, “read the be aware.” The note asked for all $100s, $50s and $20s.

The teller told Honaker, the grievance reported, “The lender retained its dollars in counting machines” so she couldn’t give him what he wished.

He remaining.

Honaker’s Florida Bar states he’s a senior affiliate at Martinez Morales, a business enterprise and actual estate litigation agency. For each the Day-to-day Organization Overview, spouse Raul Morales says Honaker has not worked at the agency for at minimum two many years. “He disappeared. He was just one day listed here, 1 working day long gone. I had no idea exactly where he went,” Morales explained.

Honaker is represented by a federal general public defender and experienced his first courtroom appearance on Wednesday. He at this time stays in custody, and his bond listening to is scheduled for Friday.

FBI Announces the Arrest of an Alleged Serial Lender Robber [FBI]
Miami attorney arrested as Coral Gables and Aventura financial institution theft suspect [Miami Herald]
FBI Arrests Florida Law firm for Bank Robberies [Daily Business Review]

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Regulation, where she’s worked considering that 2011. She’d enjoy to listen to from you, so please truly feel free of charge to electronic mail her with any tips, inquiries, comments, or critiques. You can comply with her on Twitter or hook up with her on LinkedIn.

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