U.S. Foreign Service officer charged in Vietnam visa fraud case

Published: Thursday, June 6 2013 1:15 p.m. MDT

A U.S. Foreign Service officer has been charged with conspiracy to commit and bribery and visa fraud in Vietnam.


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CNN's Carol Cratty reports a U.S. Foreign Service officer has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and visa fraud for allegedly selling visas for large sums of cash, as well as approving fake ones.

Michael Todd Sestak, 41, appeared in federal court in Washington on Tuesday and will stay behind bars until futher legal proceedings take place.

According to CNN, Sestak was stationed in Ho Chi Minh City, where he was visa chief at the United States Consulate. He is accused of starting criminal activity in March 2012, working with others to advertise the sale of visas for those who couldn't get them on their own or had been denied, and encouraging clients to enter the U.S. with tourist visas and overstay.

Cratty said that Sestak would charge Vietnamese citizens between $20,000 and $70,000 per visa. The charges say he received millions of dollars for approving visas he knew were fraudulent.

Editor's Note: The original version of this story posted on June 6, 2013, failed to properly follow our editorial policies. The story was shortened on Oct. 8, 2013 to fall within our editorial guidelines for aggregation.

Read more about the alleged fraud on CNN.

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