Dancehall Artist Bribes U.S Official To Get Back U.S Visa
A U.S. State Department law enforcement officer has pleaded guilty to
accepting bribes to help a “well-known” Jamaican entertainer gain a
visa to enter the United States, federal prosecutors say.
According to The Washington Examiner,
David J. Rainsberger, an officer with the State Department’s Diplomatic
Security Service, admitted to unlawfully receiving watches worth
thousands of dollars and other gifts while stationed at the U.S. Embassy
in Kingston, Jamaica.
Rainsberger also admitted to making false statements to the U.S. government on a national security questionnaire.
The entertainer was identified in court papers only by the initials D.B.
to the US paper, Rainsberger conducted his own investigation into the
allegations against the dancehall entertainer in 2011, and subsequently
reinstated the visa for the artist. That allowed the entertainer to
travel to the U.S. to take advantage of performance and recording
In exchange for his assistance in obtaining a U.S.
visa, the entertainer reportedly bought Rainsberger two luxury watches
worth about $2,500US.
The Washington Eamainer is also quoting that
Rainsberger also received free admission to nightclubs, backstage
passes and a birthday party hosted by dancehall entertainer.
Rainsberger faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison when he is sentenced on April 19.