48-Year-Old Indian National Arrested In $21 Million H-1B Visa Fraud In US

Washington: An Indian national was arrested on Thursday on charges of visa fraud and inducing foreign nationals to come to the US using fraudulently obtained H-1B visas, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

Forty-eight-year-old Ashish Sawhney allegedly orchestrated the improper submission of fraudulent applications for H-1B speciality-occupation work visas by using four corporations, according to the investigators.

The prosecutors charged Sawhney with two counts of conspiracy, three counts of inducing an alien to come to and reside in the US for commercial advantage or private financial gain and one count of attempted naturalisation fraud.

The Indian reportedly generated USD 21 million gross profit from 2011 to 2016, as per the prosecutors.

Sawhney now faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, if convicted.

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