One year ago, in 2015, a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer was sentenced to 64 months in prison on federal charges in a scheme in which he accepted more than $3 million in bribes at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to process visas for non-immigrants seeking entry to the United States. The case was investigated by DSS. In November 2013, Michael T. Sestak pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to conspiracy, bribery, and money laundering charges. Under the plea agreement, Sestak agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigation and the prosecution of other conspirators. He also agreed to the forfeiture of the proceeds of the crimes, which included the sale of nine properties that he purchased in Thailand.
Three others pleaded guilty to charges in the case.