After three years on the run, “The Bank Robber Babe,” aka “Mrs. Hustler,” aka Niesha N. Jackson, 34, a federal fugitive, was finally collared in Fairfield by United States Marshals on April 25.
While she eluded authorities, Jackson was profiled on the CNBC program “American Greed: The Fugitives,” during which she was dubbed “Bank Robbing Babe.” She had spearheaded a massive swindle that cost banks more than $1 million between 2006 and 2008.
When the marshals caught up with Jackson at the Extended Stay America motel on Oliver Road, she was wearing a T-shirt with a “BR Babe” logo emblazoned on it. She also had in her possession six cellphones, $1,000 cash, a Cartier watch and a California ID card in someone else’s name. She also was carrying brash business cards with “Bank Robber Babe” and “Mrs. Hustler” printed on them.
In total, Jackson helped steal from 37 banks. She trained runners who journeyed to banks in nine states across the country where they used prepaid debit cards to take cash advances. The scam was lucrative even though the cards only initially provided access to small amounts of cash. But then the runners would tell bank tellers to call an 800 number. Jackson would play the role of a card services representative and convince the tellers that thousands more dollars were available on the cards. She then instructed the tellers on how to authorize very large withdrawals.
After her arrest, Jackson made a brief court appearance on April 28 and was ordered to return to court on May 15.
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