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.
Gurpreet Singh, 37, who was arrested on July 2 in Connecticut, was being held in New Haven County last week pending extradition to Ohio to face four aggravated murder charges, West Chester Township Police Chief Joel Herzog was quoted as saying by Fox news.
A Mumbai resident identified by prosecutors as Jeetendra Harish Belani was indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating the federal narcotics, smuggling, and money laundering laws, according to the federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania.
A 32-year old Indian-American in Corona, California, who had an intellectual disability, was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer after an alleged argument with the officer and attack on him, a charge disputed by the victim’s lawyer.
An Indian-American cardiologist of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, was convicted by a federal jury of two counts of health care fraud involving more than $13 million of insurance billings, including to Medicaid and Medicare, prosecutors announced June 14.
A 44-year-old mother of five, who allegedly has been the gang leader of a string of armed home robberies targeting Indian-Americans and other Asians across the United States for years, was found guilty of a nine-count indictment by a federal jury last week for her role in leading several robbery crews.
Venkata S. Meenavalli, CEO of a publicly traded commodities trading company was last week indicted for allegedly orchestrating an accounting fraud that inflated the revenue of in the public filings of the now-defunct cryptocurrency company by more than $66 million.
An Indian-American babysitter in Massachusetts, who was a doctor in India, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of an infant in her care by Middlesex Superior Court May 13.
Indian-American doctor Pawankumar Jain, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was sentenced May 9 to nine years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The 66-year-old pleaded guilty in 2016 to illegally dispensing prescription painkillers and defrauding Medicare.
Customers and family members remembered Gurpreet Singh as a man with a kind heart, who was friendly with his customers. Singh, 44, of Cerritos, California, who co-owned ASL Liquor and Market in Downey, California, was shot and killed on May 7, in what is being described by news reports as an attempted robbery.
The murder of a Sikh family of four shot dead in Ohio last week will not be investigated as a hate crime. The four victims were found dead in their apartment in West Chester Township, roughly 25 miles from Cincinnati, on April 28.