- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A once high-ranking Bolivian National Police anticorruption official has been sentenced to just over three years in prison after his conviction on U.S. attempted extortion charges.

A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale sentenced Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga on Friday. He was convicted by a jury in March after a three-day trial.

Testimony showed that Ormachea Aliaga traveled to South Florida in August to meet with Humberto Roca, former chief of Bolivia’s AeroSur airline. Witnesses said Ormachea Aliaga offered to get charges in Bolivia dropped against Roca in exchange for $30,000.

Roca has called those charges politically motivated and is seeking asylum in the U.S.

Some of their meetings were recorded by the FBI.

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

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