US State department confirms former Consular Officer in Guyana under probe – 3rd Jul 2013
Reports are that the Consular Officer would hammer out his visa deals at a popular night spot in the city, charging thousands of US dollars for visas. There have been allegations of sex for visas in this latest case too.
The US State Department said it takes all allegations of misconduct by employees seriously and is reviewing the matter thoroughly.
As this Newscast first reported on June 26th Federal agents have been in and out of Guyana over the last year, looking at possible links between some local operators and at least one foreigner, with regard to an investigation with possible connections to Pakistan among other countries. That foreigner is the US Consular officer who left his post in Georgetown about two months ago and returned to the US.
The agents focused too, on local operators who may have been conducting alien smuggling operations through third-party countries, involving clients coming in from Asian countries in particular. Once again, these allegations are said to have involved Chinese Nationals.
A Guyanese man linked to the racket was gunned down outside a hotel in Georgetown earlier this year. Another man who runs an East Coast Automotive business is under investigation.
Over half a dozen Federal agents visited Guyana to conduct the investigations into the allegations.
No charges have been brought so far.
Over a decade ago another Consular Officer, Thomas Carroll, was arrested and charged, and jailed, after it was found he sold hundreds of US visas, with locals paying as much as three million dollars for one. A book about that racket by David Casavis was released even as this new investigation was underway during the last few months.