Calif. lawyer sentenced for taking bribe |

Calif. lawyer sentenced for taking bribe

LOS ANGELES – Federal prosecutors say a California attorney has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of taking a bribe in return for promising to have a client lie to authorities during a federal grand jury investigation.

U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek says 46-year-old Alfred Nash Villalobos of South Lake Tahoe was sentenced Thursday after being convicted in August 2011 on charges of federal extortion and obstruction of justice.

Villalobos was found guilty of taking $50,000 in cash, the first installment of a $107,000 bribe, at a meeting in 2009.

FBI agents posing as workers at the law firm where the meeting was held arrested Villalobos after he accepted the cash.

The bribe was paid by an attorney who was the target of an investigation into immigration fraud.

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