10 In­dian-Amer­i­cans among 21 Ar­rested for Visa Fraud in US

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Wash­ing­ton: Ten In­di­anAmer­i­cans are among 21 peo­ple ar­rested as part of a sting op­er­a­tion in which a fake univer­sity was cre­ated by US au­thor­i­ties to ex­pose a visa scam that al­lowed more than 1,000 for­eign­ers to main­tain stu­dent and work visas. In a na­tion­wide sweep, fed­eral au­thor­i­ties ar­rested 21 peo­ple in New York, New Jersey, Wash­ing­ton and Vir­ginia. “These de­fen­dants ar­ranged to ob­tain visas by hav­ing in­di­vid­u­als en­roll in a fake univer­sity. Un­for­tu­nately for them, that fake univer­sity was run by un­der­cover agents of the depart­ment of home­land se­cu­rity,” Paul J Fish­man, US at­tor­ney for New Jersey, told re­porters. It is learnt that a large num­ber of stu­dents who re­ceived nec­es­sary visa and per­mits to work in the US as a re­sult of the sting op­er­a­tion for which they re­port­edly paid huge sums of money are from In­dia. PTI

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