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"DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
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SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawyer known as the “DWI Dude” has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for falsely promising Colombian drug traffickers he'd get their charges reduced or dismissed in exchange for cash, prosecutors said.
Jamie Balagia, 65, was sentenced Monday to 188 months in federal prison. He was convicted after a two-week trial in 2019 of conspiracy to commit money laundering, obstruction of justice, violation of the Kingpin Act, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
According to federal prosecutors, Balagia conspired with a private investigator in Florida and an attorney in Colombia to scam Colombian drug traffickers into paying “attorney fees” for acting as intermediaries with government officials who they said would accept bribes to dismiss criminal charges or reduce prison sentences.





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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
That dude will not make it out of prison, guaranteed.


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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
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A Texas lawyer

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promising

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he'd get their charges reduced or dismissed in exchange for cash

So......

A bad lawyer?

Or was he part of the prosecution?
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SouthernStyled
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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
He extorted drug traffickers?

Not guilty.


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Bestbank Tiger
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scam Colombian drug traffickers


Why bother prosecuting? Let the cartels handle it.


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MorbidTheClown
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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
remember that other guy who shot it out with the druggies? didn't nd well for him


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LSUFanHouston
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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
I'd say he's safe in jail than out, but I'm not so sure. They might kill him in jail, too.


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Ted2010
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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
Geez. Dude pretty much signed his own death warrant


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notiger1997
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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
I wish someone like Mike Bradner could get caught doing something like this


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deltaland
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That dude will not make it out of prison, guaranteed.


He better hope Colombian gang members are in there to give him protection

ETA nevermind I misread. He falsely said he could get charges reduced. Yea he is fricked
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ETA nevermind I misread. He falsely said he could get charges reduced. Yea he is fricked


So, did the cartel turn him in to LEOs? That doesn’t seem like something they would o and apparently they are the “victim” here.


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Corso
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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
They might literally skin him alive


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IT_Dawg
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re: "DWI Dude" sentenced for shaking down Colombian narcos
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promising Colombian drug traffickers he'd get their charges reduced or dismissed in exchange for cash


sounds like they had him on retainer...whats the problem here?

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scam Colombian drug traffickers into paying “attorney fees” for acting as intermediaries with government officials who they said would accept bribes to dismiss criminal charges or reduce prison sentences.

oh. yea. not a smart move.


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