Former US visa chief faces bribery charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. visa chief in Vietnam is facing charges that he sold visas for $20,000 to $70,000 each, raking in several million dollars in bribes.

Michael Todd Sestak appeared in federal court Tuesday, where a judge ordered him retained in custody. He is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to commit bribery and visa fraud.

Until last September, the 41-year-old Sestak was nonimmigrant visa chief in the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to a government affidavit, Sestak conspired with other U.S. citizens and Vietnamese citizens to recruit customers.

Two women, 27-year-old Hong Vo, who is an American citizen, and 29-year-old Truc Tranh Huynh, who is Vietnamese, are charged with conspiring with Sestak in the alleged scheme.

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