MIAMI (AP) — A high-ranking Bolivian National Police official has pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges stemming from an alleged extortion attempt of a prominent Bolivian businessman living in Miami.
The plea was entered Tuesday in federal court by 42-year-old Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga. A tentative Oct. 21 trial date was also set, but that is likely to be delayed.
Ormachea faces two charges for allegedly traveling to the U.S. to extort $30,000 from Humberto Roca, former head of a Bolivian airline. The FBI says agents recorded Ormachea saying in a meeting he could get Bolivian criminal charges dropped against Roca in exchange for cash.
Bolivian officials say Ormachea has been removed as the second-ranking officer in the police anticorruption unit.
Roca claims political persecution and is seeking asylum in the U.S.