'DWI Dude' attorney sentenced for scamming drug traffickers

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Libertarian party candidate for Texas attorney general Jamie Balagia speaks in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, about his election platform. Balagia, 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 in exchange for cash. Balagia was sentenced Monday, May, 3, 2021, to 188 months in federal prison.

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.

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