U.S. Attorney Announces Sentencing of 'Bank Robbing Pimp'

Arthur Payton was convicted in November of crimes that were investigated, in part, by Farmington Hills Police and Farmington Public Safety departments.

A serial bank robber tied to crimes in Farmington and Farmington Hills was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in federal prison, after having been convicted of four counts of bank robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Arthur Payton, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff in Port Huron. 

According to the release, a federal jury convicted Payton in November 2012 of recruiting heroin-addicted prostitutes to rob banks in Oakland and Wayne counties. After the FBI determined that Payton was responsible for the bank robberies, his co-defendant wore a hidden microphone and recorded Payton planning his next set of bank robberies in downtown Detroit. Payton stole approximately $8,000 from the four banks.

This was Payton's third federal conviction. He was convicted in San Diego in the mid-1990s and in Detroit in 2005 for engaging in identical schemes to use drug-addicted prostitutes to rob banks. In 1994, Payton appeared on the Oprah
Winfrey Show as a "bank robbing pimp", the release indicated.

“This defendant has returned to the same criminal scheme each time he has
been released from prison, preying on vulnerable women at the fringes of society to rob banks,” United States Attorney Barbara McQuade said. “This lengthy sentence was necessary because prison is the only thing that prevents him from robbing banks.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Farmington Hills Police Department, the Farmington Public Safety Department, the Livonia Police Department, and the Novi Police Department.

Debra L. Van Buren February 12, 2013 at 03:12 PM
It is well known that organized criminal entities as well as lone criminals prey upon the weak in our society. They recruit vulnerable individuals whom they can use and abuse to their heart's desire. Using drug addicted prostitutes is discraceful and outrageous. Abusers and/or users of such women should be hung, and/or subject to capital punishment. There is no place in our society for such low-lifes, and the State of Michigan should not pay the burden of their incarceration. All too often such criminals find the prison system as a home away from home. The benefits they receive are much better than many law abiding citizens receive during hard times, or the homeless individuals in our society. Crime does seem to pay for some. Incarceration does not, in my opinion, rehabilitate individuals, although the system would like you to think otherwise. Criminals like being among their own, especially when they have a roof over their head, and three squares a day. Harsher penalities must exist to rid our society of such evil. The death penalty must be instituted in all states to alleviate some of the rubbage on our streets. Law-abiding citizens deserve peace of mind, and should be afforded a lifestyle free of crime, to the fullest extent possible. More Police are needed to tackle crime in the street, as societal problems seem to be escalating during economic downturn(s). Money is a necessary evil in our society, and people kill to obtain it. No one can doubt that fact.


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