In a continuing trend, hate crimes towards Sikhs in the U.S. tripled, from 20 incidents in 2017 to 60 incidents in 2018, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)data released Nov. 12.
Chirag Janakbhai Choksi, 35, and his wife, Shachi Naishadh Majmudar, 35, were members of a criminal conspiracy who had members that impersonated law enforcement officials to trick and coerce victims into mailing and shipping cash to other conspiracy members by convincing the victims that it was in their best interests to do so.
A queens bartender enthralled by the soulful performances and lithesome dancing of Indian megastar Hrithik Roshan had to pay with her life when she was stabbed to death by her jealous husband in a fit of rage, apparently because of her infatuation with the Indian actor.
A man accused of fatally shooting a Chicago-based cardiologist last month has been denied bond. ABC7 Chicago reported on Nov. 8 that Kuamain Allen is charged with homicide in the Oct. 10 death of Dr. Srinivas Reddy.
Four Indian-American men are among 19 alleged child sex predators arrested in New Jersey’s Somerset County in an ‘Operation Open Door,’ an undercover sting investigation. The arrests were announced on Oct. 31 by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, and other law enforcement officials.
A New Jersey teen is under arrest after he was found sneaking into an unlocked room of a Rutgers University student and allegedly sexually assaulting her.
Two teenagers of “Indian descent” have been arrested by police in Lawrence Township, N.J. in connection with an alleged bias incident at a Lawrence High School football game. The unidentified 17-year-olds face multiple counts of harassment, bias intimidation and lewdness charges, according to news reports.
A data specialist of Indian descent, who turned himself in to authorities Oct. 14 after arriving at Mount Shasta police station with a dead body in his car, has been arrested after confessing to killing the man in his car and three other people at his apartment in Roseville, about 260 miles south of Mount Shasta.
Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal of the Harris County Sheriff Department in Texas was fatally shot on Sept. 27 at a traffic stop. Dhaliwal was the first Sikh to become a deputy in the greater Houston area and is being described as a trailblazer. The 10-year veteran, who is said to be in his mid 40s, is survived by his wife and three children.
Two asylum seekers from India, who have been on a hunger strike for more than 70 days inside a federal detention facility in El Paso protesting their detention and were transferred to a long-term acute care hospital in mid-September as their health deteriorated, are expected to be released soon.
As many as seven people of Indian origin, all of them from New York, were among eight defendants arrested Sept. 12 for allegedly distributing millions of opioid pills Imported from India. Prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York announcing the charges this week said the defendants allegedly received and repackaged misbranded drugs at a warehouse in Queens.
A Pennsylvania toddler who was allegedly kidnapped by an Indian-American woman has died. Nalani Johnson, who was not quite 2-years-old yet, was found dead in Pine Ridge Park in Burrell Township, Indiana County, Sept. 3, three days after she was kidnapped by Sharena Islam Nancy.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Amit Patel (also known as Alex Patel) 49, of Mason, Ohio, had pleaded guilty to robbing two New York traveling jewelry salesmen at a jewelry show at the Monroeville convention center in April 2016.
An Indian-American in Westwood, Calif. was last week slapped with federal criminal charges for allegedly owning and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business where he exchanged up to $25 million in cash and virtual currency for Darknet drug dealers and other criminals, some of whom used his bitcoin ATM kiosk.
A Maryland man serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend has taken his case to the Supreme Court. According to news reports, Adnan Syed’s lawyers have asked the Supreme Court to review his case last month. the Baltimore-based Syed was the subject of the popular podcast “Serial,” is serving a life sentence in the murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999.
The widow of an Indian-American who committed suicide in 2016, a week after being indicted for insider trading, is faced with a lawsuit asking her to cough up $105 million her husband earned at the firm. News reports said the hedge fund allegedly swindled by Sanjay Valvani is suing to get the $105 million he earned at the firm back from his widow.
Jennipha-Lauren Nielsen, an American human rights activist, caused quite a stir in social media last week, accusing the “corrupt Indian legal system” for giving bail to a person who sexually molested her in New Delhi in 2013. Nielsen, also a gender equality activist, posted a live video shot outside the Consulate General in San Francisco on Facebook July 30.
Shivanand Maharaj, an IT consultant from New Jersey, was convicted by a federal grand jury July 29 of running a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme in connection with an employee benefit plan. Maharaj39, of Cresskill, New Jersey, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The jury found Maharaj guilty of honest services wire fraud, paying kickbacks in connection with an employee benefit plan, and conspiracy, following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl.
An Indian student who was pursuing graduate studies in Alabama and worked as a part-time cashier at a convenience store, was shot dead last month during an armed robbery. Neil Purush Kumar, 30, who was pursuing his Master’s in Computer Science at the University of Troy in Brundidge, Alabama, was shot to death on July 24, while at work.
Wesley Mathews of Dallas, Texas, is reportedly appealing his life sentence in the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter Shiren Mathews. According to local news reports, Mathew recently filed a motion for a new trial, claiming he did not get a fair trial when jurors were shown pictures of his daughter’s remains.
A Hindu priest at the Shiv Shakti Peeth in Floral Park, New York, was reportedly attacked by a 52-year-old man on July 18, while he was walking down the street near the temple.
A court in India on Wednesday found a local bartender guilty of raping and killing British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling on a Goa beach in 2008, overturning his earlier acquittal.
An Indian-American hedge fund founder of a Manhattan-based investment firm was convicted July 11 along with a former trader for participation in a scheme to inflate the net asset value (“NAV”) reported to investors for hedge funds managed by his firm by more than $100 million.
The trailblazing Indian founder of a global restaurant chain surrendered to a court on Tuesday after losing a last-ditch bid to avoid a life sentence for murdering a love rival. P. Rajagopal rose from rags to riches to create the Saravana Bhawan chain which has more than 80 eateries in India and around the world.
Four executives of two information technology staffing companies, including three of Indian origin, have been arrested on charges of fraudulently using the H-1B visa program to gain an unfair advantage over competitors. Vijay Mane, 39, of Princeton, N.J.; Venkataramana Mannam, 47, of Edison, N.J.; Fernando Silva, 53, of Princeton and Sateesh Vemuri, 52, of San Jose, California, were charged.