- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A former high-ranking Bolivian National Police official has been convicted of U.S. charges that he tried to extort thousands of dollars from the former owner of a Bolivian airline.

A federal jury in Fort Lauderdale convicted Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga on Wednesday. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison at sentencing May 23. The trial lasted only three days.

The FBI says Ormachea Aliaga traveled to South Florida in August to meet with Humberto Roca, former chief of Bolivia’s AeroSur airline. According to the FBI, Ormachea Aliaga offered to get charges in Bolivia dropped against Roca in exchange for $30,000.

Some of their meetings were recorded.

Bolivian police officials say Ormachea Aliaga was removed from his job leading an anticorruption unit on Aug. 28.

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