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PIO charged with H-1B fraud in USA

 PTI |  2016-12-25 22:21:21.0  |  Washington DC

A 49-year-old Indian-origin man has been charged in the US with fraud and aggravated identity theft for obtaining two H-1B visas by false immigration documents. According to the indictment, Abhijit Prasad filed 31 petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant visas containing false statements, made under penalty of perjury, as to purported work projects to be performed at various locations in California.

The indictment further alleges that Prasad obtained two H-1B visas procured by fraud and false statements, and used the means of identification of a real person to effectuate his visa fraud scheme. The federal grand jury returned a 33-count indictment yesterday against Prasad of Tracy, California, charging him with 31 counts of visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Phillip A Talbert announced.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation led by the US Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service s representative to the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF), overseen by the Department of Homeland Security s Homeland Security Investigations. The DBFTF is a multi-agency task force that coordinates investigations into fraudulent immigration documents. U.S.

Citizenship and Immigration Service s Office of Fraud Detection and National Security also assisted with the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Nirav Desai is prosecuting the case. On December 23, 2016, the defendant was arraigned on the indictment and released with conditions, including the surrender of his passport and a bond until a further detention hearing. 

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