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February 12, 2013
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Court files say...COPS GOT VISAS TOO

Jamaican policemen have been listed in court documents as benefitting from US visas in the bribery case involving a United States State Department security officer, THE STAR understands.

Since news broke last week of a Jamaican musician and his manager's involvement in a bribery case involving David J. Rainsberger, a State Department security officer, tongues have been wagging that a can of worms have apparently been opened as a result of his guilty plea.

According to court documents, "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 JJG, which at times included information about undisclosed criminal activity provided by JJG."

The documents add that not only was the Jamaican musicians granted US visas, but the accused may have assisted, or helped to deny visa requests for other musicians.

Court documents add that in influencing these visas decisions, the defendant again failed to disclose to embassy officials the extent of his close and personal relationship with DB and JJG.

Thirty-two-year-old Rainsberger pleaded guilty last Wednesday in Federal Court in Alexandria to receiving unlawful gratuities while stationed at the US Embassy in Kingston, he is to be sentenced on April 19.

Court papers also document that while in New York City, DB appeared as a guest on a radio show and publicly thanked the US government, the defendant, and others for their assistance in helping him to obtain a visa to enter the United States.

THE STAR understands that as a show of gratitude, it is reported that DB purchased the defendant shoes, clothing and two Movado brand watches worth approximately $2,500.

The documents also reveal that on or about August 9, 2011, at the defendant's request, embassy officials expedited a visa for JJG to travel from Jamaica to the United States.

Our news team understands that JJG used his visa to travel to the US to avoid appearing at a court hearing in Jamaica.

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