Temptress convicted of kidnapping, faces life imprisonment

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A woman who lured two men to being abducted and held for nearly $1 million in ransom by a Mexican gang has been convicted of conspiracy and kidnapping charges.

Twenty-four-year-old Nancy Mendoza Moreno was convicted Thursday and faces life in prison without possibility of parole at a sentencing hearing Aug. 16.

Prosecutors say the men were held for ransom by members of Moreno's gang Los Palillos.

Prosecutors say Moreno helped kidnap 58-year-old Jorge Garcia Vasquez, the brother-in-law of a cartel financier, in 2007. After He accompanied her on an errand, he was jumped.

Mendoza was also convicted of seducing wealthy Mexican businessman Eduardo Gonzalez Tostado and luring him to a Chula Vista home in 2007, where he was held for eight days.

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