Couple convicted of plot to rob Los Angeles bank

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Updated: 3/17 7:59 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Bank of America employee and her boyfriend have been found guilty of stealing more than a half-million dollars from an East Los Angeles branch by pretending the woman had a bomb taped to her body.

City News Service says a federal jury convicted them Monday of bank robbery and conspiracy.

Aurora Barrera claimed she'd been kidnapped and forced to wear the device when she convinced a co-worker to help her empty the vault back in 2012.

Authorities say the bomb was a realistic fake.

Barrera, who was assistant branch manager at the time, and her boyfriend, Reyes Vega, stole about $565,000. Most of the money still hasn't been recovered.

Two co-defendants pleaded guilty in the case and testified for the prosecution.

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