A US embassy official in Georgetown, Guyana (attached to the visa section) is now in hot water over allegations that he’s issued dozens of visas to Guyanese women for sex (his choice of women were Indo-Guyanese.) He’s also being accused of selling visas to many corrupt businessmen, drug dealers etc. for as low as US$15,000.
The official who has since been identified as 42 year old, Edy Zohar Rodrigues Duran of Mission, Texas (also lived in Edinburg, Rio Grande City, San Antonio, and La Joya, all in Texas.)
According to a usually reliable source in the US, Mr. Duran was ‘fired’ from his position at the embassy and has since returned to the US where he’s currently seeking employment in Virginia.
The source indicated that US Federal agents were sent to Guyana to investigate the allegations, which is still ongoing. However, the ‘Feds have not stumbled on concrete evidence on the issue of money for visas,’ but sufficient evidence on the ‘sex for visas.’ Mr. Duran remains a free man until the conclusion of the investigations which began late last year.
Duran is a former high school teacher in the US, his first posting via the US State Department was Guyana (June 2011 – June 2013) —coming on the heals of the David Casavis book on ‘The Thomas Carroll Affair’ the source said that this appears to be an isolated incident at the embassy. (Tune in to www.benschopradio.com at 9pm)
In very diplomatic language, the US embassy has issued a statement this afternoon:
“The Department of State is aware of allegations of improprieties relating to a Consular Officer formerly assigned to Georgetown, Guyana.
· The Department takes all allegations of misconduct by employees seriously. We are reviewing the matter thoroughly. If the allegations are substantiated, we will work with the relevant authorities to hold anyone involved accountable.”