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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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Images show China building a development on Indian border

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CHINA-BHUTAN border (Diya TV) — New satellite images appear to show China built a development in the Himalayas along the border with India and Bhutan that was the site of a standoff in 2017.

Satellite images last month from US-based Maxar Technologies show there’s been construction all year long, including new military storage bunkers.

Chinese officials say the buildup was within the scope of their sovereignty. China and Bhutan, who do not have diplomatic relations, both lay claim to that Doklam region.

Vice President-Elect Joe Biden officially introduced his nominee for Secretary of State Tony Blinken, a veteran of the Obama Administration. Blinken during an Indian Independence Day event held by the Biden-Harris campaign said strengthening ties with India is a high-priority of the new administration. We’ll profile his career and what US-India ties will look like with him at the helm.

Watch what Blinken had to say during that campaign event here: https://youtu.be/8VjMkEZLiP0?t=960

A stone statue of Hindu goddess Maa Annapoorna stolen more than a century ago and found in Canada will be returned to India. The statue is believed to be originally from Varanasi.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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U.S., India, Japan & Australia complete Malabar exercise

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MALABAR ISLANDS, India (Diya TV) — Maritime forces from the U.S., India, Japan and Australia completed Phase II of the exercises dubbed Malabar in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. State Department thanked India in a tweet for hosting the effort by “The Quad” that promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific against a growing Chinese presence in the region.

The state of Michigan officially certified its election, formally granting President-Elect Biden its 16 electoral votes. And while President Trump continues to litigate in the hopes of overturning the outcome of the election, to date, he’s lost more than 30 cases. And now the General Services Administration informed the President-Elect he will be able to get the funding and documents needed  to start the formal transition in government.

Indian American Mala Adiga was appointed by President-Elect Joe Biden to be the Policy Director for his wife Jill, who will be the First Lady. Adiga is an alum of the Obama administration, as well as the Biden Foundation.

Pakistani American Dr. Umair Shah was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to be Washington State’s Secretary of Health. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi thanks troops for thwarting terror plot

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JAMMU and KASHMIR, India (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi thanked security forces for unraveling a terrorist plot by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. Four men suspected of plotting a new attack on the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks were killed during a gunfight with Indian armed forces at a checkpoint in Jammu. Their truck was loaded with a cache of weapons and explosives. Modi is now reviewing the security apparatus along the international border and the Line of Control with Pakistan amid this infiltration.

Terrorism was a major theme of the annual BRICS summit featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was hosted by Russia virtually. Prime Minister Modi said terrorism is the biggest challenge world is facing today, adding “countries that support the terrorists are held accountable.” Russian President Vladmir Putin said India and China may start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, tested positive for coronavirus. His father and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and many others in the Trump inner circle have had the virus over the last few months. A spokesman said Trump Jr. learned his diagnosis earlier this week, but has no symptoms and is quarantining in his cabin.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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