Criminal Justice

Worker who robbed bank of $565K in fake-bomb scenario now faces new charge over disability claim

There’s new trouble for a California woman already sentenced to nine years for conspiring with her boyfriend to rob a Los Angeles bank of $565,500 by pretending to be kidnapped and strapped to a fake bomb.

Aurora Barrera is now facing a fraud charge over a related disability claim. Prosecutors in the Los Angeles County case say Barrera, an assistant manager at the bank at the time, claimed to have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the September 2012 robbery and collected $35,000 in workers’ compensation benefits, the Associated Press reports.

She could get as much as five years if she is convicted in the fraud case.

An earlier Los Angeles Times (sub req.) story provides additional details about the bank robbery.

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