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Officer in visa saga to be sentenced

VIRGINIA – The former security chief at the United States Embassy in Kingston who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a Jamaican entertainer is scheduled to be sentenced today.

David Rainsberger, who served as assistant regional security officer for investigations at the embassy between 2009 and 2011, is facing a total of seven years in prison when he appears in court in the State of Virginia today.

Rainsberger pleaded guilty to receiving unlawful gratuities and making false statements to US authorities in February.

Court records reveal that during his tenure the 32-year-old former security chief befriended the well-known entertainer, identified only as D B, who had been barred from entering the US because of allegations of criminal conduct.

Visa re-instatement

Rainsberger’s investigation of the entertainer resulted in the re-instatement of D B’s visa.

In return for his assistance, court records say he received two luxury watches from the entertainer as well as a birthday party hosted by D B and free admission to nightclubs.

Rainsberger, who was already married, was also engaged to a Jamaican national but failed to disclose the relationship to US authorities. (Gleaner)

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