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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.


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.