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Canadian NRI arrested for smuggling drugs in rice bags
Report dated 12/08/2014 @ 12:52 PM

Canadian NRI arrested for smuggling drugs in rice bags Drug smugglers are now using basmati rice bags to camouflage drug exports from Punjab. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have recovered over 96 kg of synthetic drugs from a rice shipment from India, and they arrested a Brampton-based Punjabi, along with two others.

The 3 Greater Toronto Area residents were arrested for illegally importing some 72.8 kg of ketamine and 23.5kg of norephedrine. One of the accused is named as Amritpal Gill 35. The accused were later released and are to appear before investigators in September. The case commenced when CBSA officers inspected a Toronto bound container with 500 bags from India at Montreal port and found the drugs concealed in bags that had "Basmati rice" printed on them.

In a similar exercise Australian Federal Police last September arrested 3 persons and seized drugs hidden in rice bags from India. It was one of the largest seizures in Australian history and was valued at some $200 million.

Australian NRI couple involved in migration scam flee to India
Report dated 09/08/2014 @ 4:05 PM

Australian NRI couple involved in migration scam flee to India Reetika Ajjan a former employee of the Australian immigration department and her husband Jeetender reportedly fled to India with over a million dollars after their home was raided by Australian authorities in 2011. They are suspected of being involved in running an illegal migration racket. The couple also wired 1.2 million dollars to India, including one transfer of 543,000 dollars.

They were tracked down by FairfaxMedia as living in Delhi.

The report said Reetika was supplying sensitive government information and equipment to a migration business run by her husband and a licenced migration agent Mahimn Sodhani, which resulted in over 1000 visa applications. The scam surfaced after Immigration Minister Scott Morrison sought an urgent report from his department on allegations of widespread visa fraud and immigration crime. Reetika could face fraud, theft and proceeds-of-crime charges in Australia.

The Australian Federal Police is trying to repatriate the stolen funds as part of proceeds of crime referral, but given that the funds were sent to India, the report believes this may be difficult to achieve.

NRI couple charged with abusing daughter in US
Report dated 07/08/2014 @ 12:21 PM

NRI couple charged with abusing daughter in US Rajesh Ranot, 46, and his wife Sheetal Ranot, 31, of Queens New York have been arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and together charged in a criminal complaint with first, second and third degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Their daughter Maya Ranot age 12, was allegedly subjected to 'unspeakable' physical abuse for months including starvation, beatings with a metal handle and baseball bat, leaving her severely bruised and hospitalised for surgery. The abuse continued between December 2012 and May 2014.

Sheetal who is the child's stepmother, is being held in jail against $60,000 bail and faces a total of 33 years in prison if convicted. Rajesh faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. He too remains in jail against a $25,000 bail.

The New York City Administration for Children's Services filed an abuse petition against the father and step-mother in family court following the investigation.

Indian convicted in Germany for espionage
Report dated 03/08/2014 @ 1:25 PM

Indian convicted in Germany for espionage Ranjit S, 45, an electrician, has been sentenced to nine months in jail by a German court for spying on the Indian community in the country. The high court in Koblenz said in its verdict that he violated the German law by engaging in espionage operations.

During the nine-day court hearing he court said Ranjit had collected information on the Indian community in Germany especially on Sikh extremist groups, and passed it on to an official at the Consulate General of India in Frankfurt. By this the man had committed the offence by gravely disregarding Germany's sovereignty and by also cooperating conspiratorially and actively with the Indian intelligence agency.

Ranjit who went to Germany in 2002 with a forged passport has been convicted on several occasions in the past for acquiring fraudulent ID cards and for smuggling of foreigners. He has been in preventive custody following his arrest in April in another criminal case.

NRI woman banker jailed for theft in Scotland
Report dated 01/08/2014 @ 3:08 PM

NRI woman banker jailed for theft in Scotland Satnam Kaur, 30, a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) employee has been jailed for 12 months for stealing 120,000 pounds from the account of Robert Brown and transferring it to India from Aberdeen.

Kaur worked as a customer adviser at RBS when she took the money in 2011. She used her unique ID number to access Brown's account and transferred the funds. She then wrote a cheque in Mann's name forwarding the funds to her Lloyds TSB account. She also tried to claim she was gifted the cash as 'hush money' by Brown after alleging he had touched her inappropriately.

Kaur was also found guilty of moving 80,000 pounds of the cash out of Scotland.

None of the money has been recovered, but Brown has since been reimbursed by the bank

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