LA PAZ, Bolivia —Â Bolivia’s interiorÂ minister says authorities have now arrested six government officials suspectedÂ of involvement in a scheme to rob and extort a New York businessman jailed in aÂ money-laundering probe.
The minister, Carlos Romero, told reporters Tuesday that those arrestedÂ included the judge who first ordered American Jacob Ostreicher jailed andÂ officials working in the state agency that seized 18,000 metric tons of riceÂ from him.
The first suspect was arrested Monday.
Ostreicher has been jailed without charge since June 2011. Prosecutors haveÂ yet to produce no evidence he laundered money in a rice-growing venture in whichÂ he and a Swiss partner invested $25 million.
He says several of the officials now under arrest tried to extort money fromÂ him in return for promises to get him out of jail.
Source: Fox News