Former welterweight champ faces new bank robbery charges

June 21, 2013 at 1:15 AM

OAKLAND, Calif., June 21 (UPI) -- A former welterweight boxing champion who has already served a prison term for bank robbery was charged Thursday with six robberies in the San Francisco area.

A federal grand jury in Oakland, Calif., handed up an indictment against James Quindale Page, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Between March 12 and June 8 Page allegedly held up banks in Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Oakley, Emeryville, Antioch and Lafayette, all in the East Bay area, netting about $15,000.

Page was arrested June 10 and remains in detention. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment June 27.

After defeating Andrei Pestriaev in 1998, Page held the WBA welterweight title until 2000, when he failed to show up to defend it. In 2001, he was arrested in Atlanta on bank robbery charges and ended up serving an 11-year federal sentence.

Page, who continued to train in prison, was re-licensed by the California State Boxing Commission after his release.

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