Transgender woman sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbing bank to pay for her plastic surgery
For robbing a Mississippi bank to pay for her plastic surgery in Mexico, a transgender woman was sentenced to 15 years in jail.
On February 22, 2019, the woman, who goes by the name Iconic Facce, robbed BancorpSouth in Gulfport after approaching a teller and telling her she had “one minute” to hand over cash “or die.”
She allegedly got away with $4,800 and used it to travel to Mexico to fluff up her cheeks, perfect her pout, and slim out her nose, according to sources.
When she returned to the U.S. on March 30, she tried to quietly get through Houston Airport without being noticed but her swollen, puffy cheeks and bandaged nose gave her away to the officers, who were waiting at the airport to arrest her.
Authorities tracked her by tracing the cellphone she used on the day of the robbery which they then followed to the airport, to Mexico, and back again.
Back in 2019, Mississippi police released surveillance footage of the transgender woman entering the bank, wearing sunglasses, a wig, a striped shirt, and pants, before approaching the teller.
Facce – formerly known as Jimmy Lewis then handed the female teller a note which read: ‘‘you have 1 minute to give the money do not be wrong are die”.
From June 2007 to January 2008, Lewis was said to have robbed banks in Alabama by passing threatening notes in Cleveland, Decatur, and Lenoir City in Tennessee.
She was arrested in 2008 in Los Angeles on arrival with a flight from Mexico when one of her aliases was spotted by border agents.
According to police reports, Lewis threatened the life of a teller, saying in a note: ‘No games, no jokes and get your hands up. Don’t mash any alarms.
‘Don’t move or she’s had it.’