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Former US embassy security chief sentenced to one year in prison

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2013 | 5:09 PM

The former security chief at the United States Embassy in Kingston, David Rainsberger, who admitted to accepting bribes from a Jamaican entertainer, was today sentence to one year in prison.

Rainsberger pleaded guilty to charges of receiving unlawful gratuities and making false statements to US authorities.

The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in a federal court in Virginia today.

The judge also ordered the former US Embassy security chief to serve one year of supervised release.

According to court records, Rainsberger befriended a well-known Jamaican musician whose entry to the US had been barred because of allegations of criminal conduct.

The entertainer is only identified only as DB.

The court records also say Rainsberger’s investigation of the Jamaican entertainer resulted in the reinstatement of his visa, which allowed the artiste to travel to the US to take advantage of lucrative performance and recording opportunities.

And it also says Rainsberger also repeatedly accessed, without authority, Department of State visa and passport databases for personal purposes.

The court documents show that in exchange for his visa the musician purchased for Rainsberger two luxury watches, clothes, and shoes worth approximately three thousand US dollars.

The former security officer also received free admission to nightclubs, backstage access to concerts and a birthday party hosted by the musician.


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