Ex-embassy aide pleads guilty in visas scheme


WASHINGTON (AP) — A former employee at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, has pleaded guilty in a scheme involving visa applications.

Forty-four-year-old Christian Paredes Uzcategui of Caracas entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He faces up to two years in prison at sentencing Dec. 7.

Authorities say Paredes received more than $5,000 from a person who acted as a facilitator for Venezuelan applicants seeking non-immigrant U.S. visas. In exchange, Paredes provided information about the facilitator's clients.

Prosecutors say Paredes' duties at the embassy included screening information to organize and track non-immigrant visa requests.

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