Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Two Indian men sentenced for smuggling foreign nationals

Two Indian men were sentenced to 17 months in prison by a New Jersey judge, for illegally transporting foreign nationals into the United States from India.

The Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced the sentences of Nileshkumar Patel, 42, and Harsad Mehta, 67, who previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini.
Each of them had been charged with one count of conspiracy to smuggle foreign nationals into the United States for commercial advantage and private financial gain. Judge Martini imposed the sentences today in Newark federal court.

According to court documents and other evidence,Patel and Mehta admitted that from June 2013 through October 2015, they recruited Indian nationals, bringing them to live in the United States illegally.

In one case, on July 24, 2014, they brought two Indian nationals to Bangkok, Thailand, so that they could be transported into the United States. They also admitted paying an individual – who was actually an undercover officer – to transport the foreign nationals from Thailand into Newark.
21/03/17 News India

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