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Prosecutors seeking prison time for Ami Bera’s father

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Diya TV) — The United States Attorney’s Office said it will seek a prison sentence for the embattled father of California Congressman Ami Bera, who has been accused of committing campaign finance fraud. Babulal Bera will be sentenced on Aug. 18.

According to the pre-sentencing investigative report, the government is recommending a sentence of non-custodial probation and a fine of $100,000 for the 83-year-old. The report, written by a probation officer, cited Bera’s advanced age and “family obligations,” in recommending a lighter sentence.

However, in a rebuttal to the pre-sentencing report, U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert and Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Ferrari write the proposed sentence is too lenient. “It is unsupported by the facts of this case and the serious nature of the defendant’s offense,” the prosecution tandem opined.

They further argued that the laws which Bera violated mandate a sentence of no more than five years in prison. In accordance with federal prosecuting standards, however, an elderly man such as Bera would face 46 to 57 months in prison. The prosecutors said they would not object to a sentence below the minimum term — “Consistent with its obligations under the plea agreement, (the government) will be recommending that the Court impose a sentence that is below the appropriately calculated advisory guideline range,” their report read.

Edward Loya, who is serving as Bera’s attorney in the case, would not provide Diya TV with comment on the matter.

Last May, the elder Bera pleaded guilty to two counts of violating campaign finance laws by funneling cash contributions to his son’s congressional campaign using straw donors.

According to court documents, after making the maximum-allowed donation of $2,400 himself to his son’s first congressional campaign in 2009, he then began soliciting the donations of friends and family members in the same figure. However, he promised said friends and family that if they made the donations, he would repay the sums with his own money.

The court documents reveal at least 130 improper campaign contributions from 90 separate donors, all of which occurred during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.

More than $250,000 was raised for Bera’s political campaigns in such a manner, the documents said, and explained that “Person 1” received a call from Babulal Bera asking him to contribute to his son’s congressional campaign. “Person 1” explained that while he wanted to contribute, he and his wife could not afford to do so. Babulal Bera told “Person 1” that he would give him the money to contribute, and then sent a check for the maximum donation — drawn on his personal accounts — to “Person 1” to make the maximum contribution allowed, according to the court documents.

In a statement from the Democratic Congressman who is currently seeking his third term in the House of Representatives, Ami Bera said: I am incredibly saddened and disappointed in learning what my dad did. While I deeply love my father, it’s clear he has made a grave mistake that will have real consequences for him.”

He added that $268,000 has been paid back to the U.S. Treasury Department, in accordance with the laws.

He said he was not aware of his father’s doing. His opponent in November’s general election, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, challenged the idea, saying if Bera truly had no clue what was happening, it only speaks to his lack of attention for detail.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

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Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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