Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Foreign Service Officer Made Millions in Visa-for-Money Scam, Feds Charge

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"A State Department official “received several million dollars in bribes” from Vietnamese residents seeking visas, according to newly public court documents.  In a previously undisclosed criminal complaint, Foreign Service officer Michael T. Sestak faces charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and bribery in an alleged scheme that investigators say spanned several countries. In some cases, investigators say, desperate Vietnamese paid up to $70,000 each for visas granting legal entry to the United States.  The “co-conspirators” advertised that the charge would be between $50,000 and $70,000 per visa but also that they’d sometimes charge less, State Department investigator Simon Dinits said in an affidavit. “They also encouraged recruiters to raise the price and keep the amount they charged over the established rate as their