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11 Mar, 2008 00:36

Two Russians guilty of visa fraud in U.S.

A former UN employee from Russia and another Russian national have pleaded guilty in the U.S. to charges of immigration fraud. The pair are expected to be sentenced on June 26.

Vyacheslav Manokhin, who worked as a UN translator based in New York, and Vladimir Derevyanko were arrested last August.

They were accused of running a scheme providing illegal entry into the United States for at least 14 non-U.S. citizens.
The charges involved fraudulent documents, some of which were prepared on United Nations stationery.  The racket involved requesting U.S. visas for conferences that never existed.