MIAMI — He obviously didn’t understand the job description very well.
Colombia’s national anti-corruption director has been arrested — for soliciting bribes.
Luis Gustavo Moreno Rivera, 35, who was in charge of fighting corruption in the Latin American country, is accused of conspiring with his lawyer to shake down a Colombian politician under investigation for cash in exchange for helping him make case against him go away.
Federal prosecutors in the U.S. say Moreno and Leonardo Pinilla Gomez, 31, approached the man — who had fled to Miami to avoid prosecution in Colombia — in November 2016 and told him that in exchange for 100 million Colombian pesos ($33,000), they would give him the sworn statements of people testifying against him.
Little did they know, the politician was working with U.S. authorities and he immediately informed them of the shakedown attempt
In June 2017, Moreno and Pinilla traveled to Miami and met with the man who, under the direction of the DEA, provided Moreno and Pinilla with a $10,000 deposit.
As part of the sting, U.S. authorities recorded the conversation during which Moreno boasted that he could control the investigation into the politicians and could bury his prosecutors with work so that they would be unable to focus on the case.
To do so, Moreno and Pinilla said they required 400 million Colombian pesos and an additional $30,000 to be paid prior to Moreno’s leaving the United States.
The two men were arrested in Bogota following the issuance of a red notice by Interpol. They are now awaiting extradition back to Miami.