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Former US foreign service officer sentenced to more than 5 years in prison in visa fraud case

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WASHINGTON — A former U.S. visa chief in Vietnam has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for accepting more than $3 million in bribes in exchange for visas for entry into the U.S

Michael T. Sestak, a former U.S. foreign service officer, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Washington.

He pleaded guilty in November 2013 to participating in a conspiracy to create and submit roughly 500 fraudulent applications for non-immigrant visas to the United States.

Prosecutors say Sestak collected more than $3 million in proceeds, which were laundered through China into 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.

Three others have pleaded guilty.

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