A Long Beach man who allegedly helped his girlfriend rob the bank where she worked is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to a federal charge.
Chandler Leniu, 22, is set to plead guilty in Los Angeles to conspiracy to commit bank theft, a felony that carries a possible prison sentence of up to five years.
About $52,900 was stolen from Opus Bank in Torrance on Oct. 2, 2017, according to federal prosecutors.
Leniu’s girlfriend, Marlene Wickham, 22, also of Long Beach — who worked as a teller at the bank — pleaded guilty last year to one federal count each of conspiracy and bank theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She is expected to be sentenced on May 16.
Prosecutors said that $32,470 has been recovered and returned to the bank.
Police at the time of the robbery said Leniu allegedly passed a note to the teller demanding money and then fled with the cash. It was later determined that the teller was actually Leniu’s girlfriend.
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