A Long Beach man who helped his girlfriend stage a robbery at the bank where she worked faces a possible prison term when sentenced Thursday.
Chandler Leniu, 22, pleaded guilty in May in Los Angeles to a federal conspiracy charge that could put him behind bars for up to five years.
Nearly $53,000 was stolen from Opus Bank in Torrance on Oct. 2, 2017.
Leniu’s girlfriend, Marlene Wickham, 23, also of Long Beach — who worked as a teller at the bank — pleaded guilty and was sentenced in June to probation. She was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin to pay a share of $20,000 in restitution to the bank.
Prosecutors said that $32,470 has been recovered and returned. According to his plea agreement, Leniu will also be liable for a share of the $20,000 restitution.
Leniu admitted that he passed a note to Wickham at her teller station demanding money and then fled with the cash. It was later determined that the teller was actually Leniu’s girlfriend.
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