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article imageFBI finds $600,000 in backyard of former armored truck driver

By Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi     Oct 9, 2015 in Crime
Los Angeles - Federal investigators dug up $600,000 from the backyard of a former armored truck driver who confessed to stealing more than $1 million.
More than half of that was excavated from Yanez's California home, in Fontana, east of Los Angeles.
The FBI said the money was found buried, one foot deep between two trees, at the home of Cesar Yanez, in a Los Angeles suburb. It was wrapped in denominations of $100 and $20 bills and stashed in plastic containers.
Yanez was convicted this August of bank larceny and conspiracy and sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.
In November 2014, about $90,000 was found at the same home. At the same time, Yanez along with suspected partner in crime, Aldo Esquivel Vega, were arrested. Twenty-three firearms were also recovered.
In June 2014, Yanez and fellow driver, Vega, who worked for Loomis security facility, slipped the money from stacks of cash they were transporting from a downtown Bank of America vault.
Prosecutors said Yanez and Vega stopped at the Los Anayas restaurant parking lot, electronically opened the truck doors, and placed bags containing the cash in a trash can and continued on their route.
Cesar's wife, Leticia Yanez, is suspected of picking up the money and allegedly took it to the Yanez home.
Per Asst. U.S. Attorney Justin Rhodes, it wasn't long before the huge amount of money was missing and almost immediately, the two men became suspects.
A third party, Jovita Medina Guzman, was allegedly involved and arrested on suspicion of handling the cash.
Reportedly, when agreeing to plead guilty, Cesar Yanez stated he and Vega devised the plan in spring 2014.
Upon conviction, Cesar was ordered to repay nearly $1 million, but until recently, the location of the bulk of the money remained a mystery.
Vega waits to be sentenced, while Leticia Yanez and Guzman are awaiting trial for their alleged roles in the heist.
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