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Feds: Teaneck Man Tried Bribing Employee For Special Visa

Santos was scheduled for a Wednesday afternoon first appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark on a charge of bribing a public official.
Santos was scheduled for a Wednesday afternoon first appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark on a charge of bribing a public official. Photo Credit: COURTESY: U.S. State Dept.

TEANECK, N.J. -- A Teaneck man was arrested Wednesday after he tried bribing a federal employee to take care of a non-immigrant visa that allows Dominican nationals to enter the U.S., authorities said.

Luis Santos, 27, offered the State Department employee -- a U.S. consular adjudicator -- $2,500 for a favorable outcome, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, announced.

A nonimmigrant visa (NIV) is issued to a person with permanent residence outside the U.S. who seeks admission here temporarily for tourism, medical treatment, business or temporary work or study.

Santos was scheduled for a Wednesday afternoon first appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark on a charge of bribing a public official.

Carpenito credited special agents of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service with investigating the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen D. Stringer of his office.

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