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Indian-Americans sentenced in $8.44 Million Student Visa and Financial Aid fraud

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Three Indian-American senior executives, Suresh Hiranandaney, Lalit Chabria and Anita Chabria, who served privately owned for-profit schools, were sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for their roles in a student financial aid fraud scheme in which they defrauded the United States Department of Education of $1 million in education grant funds, and in a student visa fraud scheme that generated $7.44 million in illegal revenues.

“Suresh Hiranandaney, Lalit Chabria, and Anita Chabria exploited our nation’s financial aid and foreign student visa programs, engaging in a long-running fraud scheme that generated millions of dollars. The defendants greedily took advantage of programs meant to help people get a higher education, and in the process, committed federal crimes,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Their arrests came after a nearly year-long investigation by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations , the United States Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service , and the United States Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General.

Federal agents conducted raids on the Micropower Careers Institute in March of 2014

Federal agents conducted raids on the Micropower Careers Institute in March of 2014

District Judge Paul Oetken sentenced Hiranandaney and Lalit Chabria each to one year and one day in prison, Anita Chabria was reprimanded with six months of home confinement. Judge Oetken also ordered the three to forfeit $7.44 million for the student visa fraud and to pay $1 million in restitution for the student financial aid fraud.

According to court documents, the co-defendants were associates of the Micropower Career Institute, or the Institute for Health Education, both of which offered vocational, language, and other classes to domestic students whose tuition was partially covered by the Department of Education, and foreign students who were allowed to stay in the U.S. on student visas.

At the time of their sentencing, there still remained an additional two co-defendants in the case, Samir Hiranandaney and Seema Shah, whom were awaiting to hear their fates from Judge Oetken.

 

 

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House of Representatives holds South Asia human rights hearing

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a full day hearing on human rights in South Asia, featuring speakers from the U.S. State Department and members of the community with different vantage points. As you can well imagine, narratives over Jammu & Kashmir differed greatly, especially over India’s recent constitutional change to integrate the region more closely. The hearing also touched upon Pakistan’s treatment of minorities in Balochistan and Sindh and the crisis faced by Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Congressmembers Pramila Jayapal and Ami Bera made remarks at the hearing held before a capacity crowd on Capitol Hill. We’ll have full reaction to this contentious debate and we will broadcast the hearing in full this weekend on Diya TV.

Justin Trudeau will continue to lead Canada, but his Liberal Party lost their majority in Parliament, opening the door for Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democrats, to potentially play kingmaker if Trudeau wants to pass any major legislation.

And in a huge development for Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ efforts, the first Apple iPhone’s are rolling off the assembly lines in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Sanders defends Gabbard over Clinton accusation

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — Sparks flew when Hillary Clinton implied Russians were ‘grooming’ Tulsi Gabbard for a third-party run. Gabbard blasted Clinton and got a fresh jolt of support for her campaign. Staunch supporters for Clinton like Neera Tanden continue to criticize Gabbard for her meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, among other reasons. Presidential candidates are also chiming in, with Andrew Yang, Marianne Williamson and Bernie Sanders all standing up for Gabbard. Sanders, who Gabbard supported in 2016 over Clinton, said in a tweet “people can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset.

Indian American attorney Rik Mehta announced he intends to challenge Sen. Cory Booker in New Jersey’s Democratic primary, criticizing Booker for spending more time running for President than looking after New Jersey.

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum held its annual meeting in New Delhi, featuring prominent business leaders, American ambassador to India Ken Juster and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke about India’s efforts to aid startups and bolster innovation.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Breaking: Clinton, Gabbard spar in 2016 rehash

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — In 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the Democratic nominee, staving off a fierce challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard decided to resign from her post as Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair to support Sanders over Clinton. Now, both ladies have taken the gloves off, after Clinton on a podcast indirectly referenced Gabbard by saying the Russians were “grooming her to be the third-party candidate.” Gabbard responded on Twitter, calling Clinton the “queen of warmongers [and] embodiment of corruption.”

The granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Ela Gandhi, spoke at an event organized by Cal State Fresno about how her grandfather’s work, was not only was significant in its time, but how those principles still hold relevance in a new century.

The University of Houston announced an endowment to support the study of the Tamil language and culture. Non-profit Houston Tamil Studies Chair made a $2 million commitment to the university to kickstart the study of Tamil heritage. The Tamil language is considered the oldest in the world, spoken by more than 70 million people worldwide, with 250,000 Tamilians in the United States.

President Trump announced Energy Secretary Rick Perry is stepping down from his role to pursue other interests. His deputy Dan Brouillette was nominated as his replacement.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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