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Indian gets jail term for fraud in US

A US court has sentenced Narendra Mandalapa to twenty months in prison for immigration fraud.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 11:39 IST
Dharam Shourie (PTI)
Dharam Shourie (PTI)

A United States court has sentenced an Indian national to twenty months in prison for fraudulently assisting hundreds of immigrants to live and work illegally in the United States.

Sentencing 36-year old Narendra Mandalapa, US District Judge Dickinson R Debevoise also ordered forfeiture of $5.7 million and two model luxury cars which, he ruled, represented proceeds of Mandalapa's crimes.

The judge also slapped a fine of $25,000 on Mandalapa.

Mandalapa, who was arrested on November 3, 2005 on a criminal complaint, had pleaded guilty to a single count of immigration fraud on June 19 last year. He has been in prison since then.

The indictment charged him with attempting to fraudulently lead the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) to approve at least 250 immigration petitions which makes alien worker eligible to become a lawful resident the United States.

First Published: Jan 23, 2007 11:39 IST