MIAMI (AP) — A former Colombian anti-corruption official and a lawyer have pleaded guilty to U.S. money-laundering conspiracy charges as part of a bribery scheme.
The Miami U.S. attorney’s office reported Tuesday that 35-year-old Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera and 31-year-old Leonardo Luis Pinilla Gomez pleaded guilty in federal court. Moreno is former director of the anti-corruption office for Colombia’s chief prosecutor and Pinilla is the attorney.
The Drug Enforcement Administration said in court documents that Moreno and Pinilla sought to obtain thousands of dollars in bribes from a former governor of Colombia’s Cordoba region who was under a separate corruption investigation. The former governor has been identified in Colombia as Alejandro Lyons.
Moreno and Pinella are scheduled to be sentenced in November. They each face a maximum of 20 years in prison.
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