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Former US visa chief pleads guilty to bribery

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FREDERIC J. FROMMER | November 6, 2013 02:18 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. visa chief in Vietnam has pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges for accepting more than $3 million in bribes in exchange for visas for entry into the U.S.

Michael T. Sestak pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday and faces roughly 19 ½ years to 24 ½ years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The 42-year-old also agreed to forfeit proceeds of the crime, including the sale of nine properties that he purchased in Thailand.

Sestak was the non-immigrant visa chief in the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City from August 2010 to September 2012. Under the conspiracy, applicants paid $15,000 to $70,000 for visas.