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Preet Bharara Charges two Indian Americans for alleged bribery and kickbacks

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Nimesh Patel, a former IT employee at a large national nonprofit named Society, and Dilip Vadlamudi, the owner of an information technology outsourcing company located in Indiana, were both charged by United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara for their alleged involvements in a bribery and kickback scheme.

Patel was arrested in New Jersey, and was presented before United States Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker.  Vadlamudi was arrested in Indiana, according to the Justice Department.

In the complaint, Patel is alleged to have abused his position at Society to funnel millions in fees to Vadlamudi’s company in exchange for hundreds of thousands in kickbacks. “Thanks to the investigative work of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the defendants’ alleged fraud scheme has been put to an end,” said Bharara, in a statement.

USPIS Inspector-in-Charge Philip R. Bartlett said: “These individuals took advantage of their business relationship by devising a scheme to ‘fatten their wallets,’ while having no regard for the victimized nonprofit organization.  Postal Inspectors will always be on the forefront of bringing criminals to justice for their greedy misdeeds against the American public.”

According to the indictment, Society is a large nonprofit health care organization with national headquarters in Westchester, New York. Patel worked at the organization as a senior director of information technology, during which he signed acknowledgements of its conflict-of-interest policy, which prohibited employees from soliciting or accepting payments from any individual or organization that had business with the Society.

Vadlamudi owned a company headquartered in Indiana that, among other things, acted as a temporary IT staffing firm. Named Company-1, Vadlamudi had a contract with Society, to which the company’s employees, including Patel, were authorized to hire temporary employees on behalf of the Society from Company-1.

According to the indictment, Patel hired numerous temporary IT employees from Company-1, which caused the Society to pay Company-1 millions of dollars in fees.  During that same time period, Vadlamudi paid Patel approximately $274,000 in kickbacks, the indictment said.

Patel and Vadlamudi exchanged numerous emails regarding the terms of the scheme, Bharara alleged.

In order to make payments to Patel, Vadlamudi used a bank account associated with a different company he controlled to transfer approximately $274,000 to the bank account for a shell corporation set up by Patel.

Patel used that money for his personal expenses, including $80,000 toward a down payment on his residence and over $100,000 transferred into his personal bank account.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson pushes for India COVID relief

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Reverend Jesse Jackson is standing in solidarity with Indian Americans in California who are rallying the community to send more Covid-19 relief to India.  Reverend Jackson is also voicing solidarity for other communities of color as African Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the new Federal holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S.

And Satya Nadella is now even more powerful at Microsoft. The tech giant’s CEO was named chairman of the board elevating his current role atop one of the world’s most valuable companies. The Indian American has served as chief executive since 2014, has helped transform the PC maker into a leader in cloud computing in recent years, resulting in  a market cap of close to $2 trillion.

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given away another massive chunk of her fortune. This time nearly 3  billion dollars to a variety of charities. Several Indian organizations like Goonj, Antara Foundation, and GiveIndia have also benefited from this generosity.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US – India trade hits record $9 billion

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — For the second month in a row, the U.S.-India bilateral goods trade crossed $9 billion dollars.  It had never happened once before that. This is a comprehensive document covering trade in goods and services, and shows India and the U.S. remain strong strategic partners.

the U.S. Senate confirmed Radhika Fox as the first Indian American and woman of color to lead the office of water at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her supporters say she will focus on making sure everyone’s point of view is heard and taken into account.

And British Pakistani rapper Frenzo Harami is being criticized for his anti Hindu post on Instagram. Harami uses vulgar language to describe Hindu minorities living in Kashmir. He apparently went on this tirade after claiming youtube banned one of his videos.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India’s COVID rate drops dramatically

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’ s Covid-19 infection rates are starting to consistently drop each day.  The ministry of health reported a little more than 60,000 cases in the past 24 hours. That’s a dramatic decrease from the peak of more than 400,000 cases in one day just a few months ago. 

India has also decided to partially open the Taj Mahal to visitors. And as restrictions ease, several shops, malls, and restaurants have started to reopen in multiple cities this week. but Authorities continue to advise mask wearing and social distancing.

Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a dinner party for a bipartisan group of female senators at her official Washington, DC residence. 16 Democrats and eight Republicans. Vice President Harris is doing this against the backdrop of intense negotiations over President Biden’s agenda in Congress and a border crisis raging on her watch.

And one of the fiercest critics of Big Tech companies like Apple and Amazon is now leading the Federal Trade Commission.  Lina Khan will be tasked with voting on enforcement matters in areas of both competition and consumer protection. the 32 year old South Asian will be the youngest person to ever lead the agency.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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