Man in LA-area bank bomb hoax gets 14 years

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Updated: 7/21/2014 10:44 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who plotted a heist with his then-girlfriend to steal more than a half-million dollars from a bank in East Los Angeles by pretending the woman had a bomb taped to her body was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said Reyes Vega was sentenced Monday and will also have to pay $556,800 in restitution.

Vega and Aurora Barrera were convicted of bank robbery and conspiracy in March.

Barrera, a former manager at the Bank of America branch, 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.

Officials say Barrera is scheduled to be sentenced on August 6.

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