Puerto Rico: Throw the lawyer in the clink
Ramon Negron Colon, an attorney for Jose Figueroa Agosto, was charged with conspiracy to commit money-laundering. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Negron had received at least $590,000 in cash for the scheme, though there is no evidence that any bribe was actually offered to any official.
Rodriguez said that more than a year before Figueroa’s return to Puerto Rico, Negron tried to obtain up to $3 million to help nullify Figueroa’s conviction through bribes, and had received an initial payment of at least $440,000 stuffed into a suitcase.
After Figueroa’s 2009 arrest in Puerto Rico, Negron told his client he would request a new trial, and said it would be granted if the presiding judge were offered a $300,000 bribe, according to the indictment. Authorities said Negron received an additional $150,000 in cash, only to return $125,000 of it in 2011 after failing to secure the new trial.
Huge operation, with more than 3 million tons of drugs seized – and the lawyer’s now in jail.
What does it remind me of?