Wetsch pleads guilty to robbing Brewster bankPublished by on
BREWSTER - The Shakopee man who authorities claim was responsible for the “Man in Black” bank robberies across Minnesota pleaded guilty today to holding up Brewster’s Rolling Hills Bank in January 2012 during a hearing in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.
Mark Wetsch still must face two back-to-back trials beginning June 3 on 12 other robberies. According to a federal indictment filed on Feb. 6, 2012, those robberies took place in Alexandria, Hastings, St. Peter, Minneapolis, Albertville, Richfield, Gaylord, Hampton, Faribault, Eden Prairie and Cologne. Wetsch was captured in St. Peter after the Brewster robbery.
Mark Wetsch represented himself at Monday’s hearing, although he was accompanied by attorney Jordan Kushner, his standby counsel. After a 55 minute hearing, Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered a pre-sentence investigation while Wetsch remains in custody in the Sherburne County Jail.
During his months in jail awaiting trial, Wetsch has kept himself busy filing two civil cases against jail and court officials, in one accusing court officials of perjury, and in the other accusing the jail of not allowing him to follow a diet in accordance with his religious practice of Islam.
Wetsch most recently worked as director of community relations for a Minneapolis-based health advocacy group. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2005 for defrauding the Shalom Home West nursing home in St. Louis Park of more than a million dollars while working as its nursing director. He took the money from September 1997 to January 2005 and used it to pay for a Corvette, three snowmobiles, a deck and gazebo for his house in Chaska and for competition and training for his daughter, a competitive runner in both high school and college.