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.