A Texas lawyer referred to as the “DWI Dude” has been sentenced to federal jail for 16 years for his half in scamming Colombian drug traffickers out of $1.5 million.
Jamie Balagia, 65, of Collin County, was discovered responsible of “conspiring with a Florida non-public investigator and Colombian lawyer in 2014, to swindle Colombian drug traffickers underneath the guise of bribing officers in the USA,” native ABC Information stations reported.
Balaga was a part of a gaggle of people that claimed that in change for inflated “lawyer charges,” they might bribe authorities officers “leading to both the dismissal of their felony fees or vital reductions of their US federal jail sentences. In actuality, there have been no bribes or authorities officers,” the station experiences.
“We stay in a rustic with the best system of justice on the planet,” Performing US Lawyer Nicholas Ganjei informed ABC.
“That system, nevertheless, can’t perform when officers of the court docket are corrupt. The proof on this case demonstrated that Balagia had been shaking down his purchasers for years by claiming that he was in a position to buy favorable offers from prosecutors and judges alike. The Division of Justice will defend our Justice system vigorously and can prosecute predatory legal professionals like Balagia each single time they’re found.”