Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Colonel, Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, Arrested in Miami FBI Sting | Trial period set for October

by Michael Diaz Jr. on September 25, 2013

Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, the colonel leading Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Unit, is being held without bail in Miami, awaiting an October 21 trial period after being arrested in an August 31 Miami FBI sting operation where he attempted to extort $30,000 from former Aerosur Airlines owner and Diaz Reus client, Humberto Roca. (en Español)

Shortly before arriving in Miami, Ormachea contacted Mr. Roca to arrange a meeting where he would offer to dispose of pending Bolivian charges against him and charge someone else, going as far as to characterize Mr. Roca’s prosecution for “illegal enrichment” as a politically motivated scheme hatched by the Bolivian President Evo Morales and Vice President Álvaro García Linera, for which there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

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Diaz Reus client and former Aerosur Airlines owner Humberto Roca. (Photo: HACER)

Mr. Roca alerted lawyers at Diaz Reus, who advised him to contact the FBI.

The FBI quickly moved in and set up the sting where two meetings between Mr. Roca and Ormachea were audio and video recorded. During the first meeting, Mr. Roca agreed to the terms presented by Ormachea and gave him a $5000 down payment in previously recorded currency provided by the FBI. On the following day, after another $5,000 in recorded currency was accepted by Ormachea in the extortion deal, FBI surveillance teams arrested Ormachea after leaving Roca’s home. (en Español)

Ormachea has pled not guilty to two counts, Foreign Travel in Aid of Racketeering and Attempted Hobbs Act Extortion, for which he could face a maximum of 25 years in jail if found guilty. Meanwhile, new illicit-enrichment charges against Roca that parallel those Ormachea offered to have dismissed have been filed in Boliva on behalf of Aerosur employees.

This is continued proof of Roca’s innocence. His business was taken from him for political reasons, forcing Roca and his family to flee his homeland. We will continue fighting to clear his name and recover the losses from the Bolivian government’s illegal expropriation of Roca’s assets.



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