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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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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

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