Skip to comments.State Department employee implicated in sex for visa scam
Posted on 07/09/2013 7:44:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
An embassy employee in Georgetown, Guyana has been implicated in a visa selling scam that included receiving sexual favors in exchange for the travel document.
The State Department acknowledged last week that one of its officials is the target of a probe over "allegations of improprieties relating to a Consular Officer formerly assigned to Georgetown, Guyana" without providing further details. Local media are also claiming the official, who was recently withdrawn from normal duties pending completion of an official investigation, associated with drug lords as part of his visa scam.
The scandal began when executives and tourists complained that their visa applications were being held up, and local media began reporting that a visa official was demanding bribes and sex in exchange for visas.
The Daily Caller has identified the suspect as Edy Zohar Rodrigues Duran, formerly of Mission, Texas, and currently living in Falls Church, Va.
Duran has been "accused of selling visas to many corrupt businessmen [and] drug dealers ... for as low as US$15,000," according to a news report in the Guyana Observer News. "The Feds have not stumbled on concrete evidence on the issue of money for visas, but sufficient evidence on the sex for visas."
Agence France Presse also reported last week that the embassy was "investigating allegations that a consular officer who worked at the post was selling visas for thousands of dollars."
AFP quoted Guyanese official saying Duran "had negotiated to sell visas for as much as $40,000, using a popular restaurant and bar in Georgetown, the capital of this former British colony, to seal the deals." According to AFP, Duran also travelled to neighboring Suriname, a frequent stop for Chinese migrants on the way to the United States.
"The embassy wanted a hush-hush on this whole affair," says Benschop,
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Community organizing one visa at a time.
It’s the Age of Clinton.
That's what happens when you hire those wild oversexed Scandinavian kids from the Luther League.
I’m sure he’s not the only one... and I’m sure the New York Times doesn’t care...
Up to 25 years ago, the career Foreign Service was an “elite” organization staffed by well educated people who
were required to pass a rigorous set of written and oral exams and undergo an intrusive full field background investigation. Then it became necessary to have a Foreign Service that “looks like America.” This is a predictable result of a deliberate lowering of standards.
For a moment while scrolling I thought the byline read “....implicated in sex for ice cream.”