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February 9, 2013
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Court documents say ... Other artistes may have gotten visas

Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter

The allegations surrounding the bribery case involving a State Department security officer in the United States took another twist yesterday after it was revealed that several Jamaican musicians may have been assisted with US visas.

According to court documents, not only was a Jamaican musician granted a US visa, but the accused David J. Rainsberger, may have assisted, or helped to deny visa requests for other musicians.

Watches and treats

On Wednesday the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a statement that a US official had pleaded guilty to bribery. In the statement, it was revealed that a Jamaican musician gained a visa to enter the US after which he purchased Movado watches and other treats for the said official.

It is reported that 32-year-old Rainsberger pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria to receiving unlawful gratuities while stationed at the US Embassy in Kingston.

Rainsberger also pleaded guilty to making false statements to the US Government on a national security questionnaire required to maintain his security clearance.

The accused faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison on the gratuities charge and five years in prison on the false statements charge.

He is to be sentenced on April 19.

According to court papers, the accused helped the well-known musician identified by the initials D.B. to get a visa in 2011, to travel to the US.

"At various times in 2011, and while posted at the embassy, the defendant also influenced decisions to grant or deny US visas to other Jamaican musicians and local Jamaican law enforcement officers based on the recommendations of J.J.G," a section of one of the court papers stated.

J.J.G, is identified in the court documents as a citizen of the United Kingdom, who was D.B.'s business manager.

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