A former Bolivian government official has been sentenced to three years in prison as the No 2 figure in the extortion ring that victimised US businessman Jacob Ostreicher and was exposed by actor Sean Penn. Dennis Rodas, who had been a top lawyer in Bolivia's ministry of government, previously pleaded guilty to crimes including racketeering. The judge handed down the same three-year sentence to another conspirator, Moises Aguilera, who as director of the office for confiscated assets in the eastern city of Santa Cruz illegally sold rice that had been confiscated from Ostreicher. Aguilera also pleaded guilty last month. More than a dozen Bolivian officials, including prosecutors and judges, have been jailed in the Ostreicher case. The New York man's plight gained attention when Penn took up his cause and got him out of Bolivia's dangerous Palmasola jail in late 2012. A year later, the actor helped Ostreicher slip out of Bolivia, and he has since helped nurse Ostreicher back to physical and emotional health. Ostreicher went to Bolivia hoping to salvage a rice-farming venture only to be arrested in June 2011 and held for 18 months without charge in a money-laundering probe. The former owner of a flooring business in Brooklyn said he was falsely accused, with no evidence presented. Meanwhile, the extortion ring drained the assets of the US$25 million rice venture. In May 2012, Ostreicher said that Rodas and his boss, Fernando Rivera, said they could get him out of prison in exchange for US$110,000. Ostreicher said he refused to pay. Rivera remains in jail, fighting the charges.