No new development in US consular officer visa fraud investigation.
Over three months after a US Consular Officer was escorted out of Guyana to Washington, there is still no word on how the investigation is proceeding. Allegations were made in Guyana against Edy Zohar Duran about involvement in a visa racket at the local embassy.
The US Consular Officer was supposed to be under probe by the State Department for allegedly selling visas for sex and money when was escorted out of Guyana by another Embassy Officer. The 42 year old Edy Duran was asked to leave his post at the end of May this year and was booked on a commercial aircraft out of Guyana and sent to Washington. He was accompanied all the way by an Embassy Official who delivered him to the investigators in DC.
But since that happened, there has been no public disclosure of any charges that Duran may face. Depending on the outcome of the investigations the officer would already have been facing either departmental charges or Federal charges. Duran frequented certain known nightspots and restaurants in Guyana and was allegedly in league with businessmen of questionable character.
Duran who is from Mission Texas, has now been confined to Virginia while the Diplomatic Security Service and other agencies including the FBI conduct the investigation.
The FBI was aware of the case of alleged misconduct by Duran since November last year when evidence was proffered by a prominent private sector individual in Guyana. The individual among others met with Federal Agents in Guyana based on the allegations.
Duran is listed in the Congressional Record as being nominated as a Foreign Service Officer since October 2011