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Rite Aid supervisor gets prison in 2 staged robberies

April 14, 2010 | 10:48 pm

A Rite Aid supervisor in Orange County was sentenced to state prison Wednesday for setting up two armed robberies during which she claimed to have been the victim.

Cynthia Ongamsing-Jenkins, 43, of Tustin was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for the two staged crimes, which were captured on surveillance videotape, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

The first incident occurred in November 2007 when Ongamsing-Jenkins claimed that two armed men ordered her and another employee to turn over $5,000 at a Rite Aid in Costa Mesa.

In June 2009, Ongamsing-Jenkins told police that she had been robbed at a bank parking lot in Dana Point as she was about to deposit $20,000 from a nearby Rite Aid, according to the district attorney's office. A bank video surveillance tape captured footage of a man pushing Ongamsing-Jenkins to the ground.

Ongamsing-Jenkins was arrested after investigating officers found two suspicious text messages on her cellphone that indicated she had set up the two robberies.

The three men seen in the video footage have not been identified.

-- Robert J. Lopez