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US NRI businessman indicted for visa fraud in Chicago
Report dated 30/08/2014 @ 5:33 AM

US NRI businessman indicted for visa fraud in Chicago Anshoo Sethi, 30, who purported to be building a $912 million hotel and convention centre complex near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been indicted and charged for exploiting a US visa programme to fraudulently raise some $160 million from nearly 290 Chinese nationals who invested in the project while seeking US residency.

Sethi was charged with 8 counts of wire fraud and 2 counts of making false statements in a 10-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury.

Sethi the founder and a managing member of a Chicago Convention Center LLC, misappropriated some $320,000 of the fees to purchase luxury goods for himself, his family and friends and for an unrelated civil lawsuit settlement to fund a cosmetic surgery business, and other personal expenses. The US Securities and Exchange Commission sued Sethi over the purported project in 2013 and the case was settled earlier this year. Some $147 million that had been escrowed by Sethi and frozen by the SEC, was returned to the Chinese investors.

Under current US laws, foreign nationals get a green card or permanent residency if they invest $1 million in a domestic project in a high unemployment or rural area and their investment would create or preserve at least 10 jobs for US workers.

NRI Hindu leader convicted for fraud in US
Report dated 28/08/2014 @ 1:06 PM

NRI Hindu leader convicted for fraud in US Annamalai Annamali, also known as Commander Selvam or Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar who headed the now defunct Hindu Temple of Georgia, has been convicted on 34 felony counts following two weeks of jury trial in the US.

The US Attorney said the defendant traded on his perceived religious authority and spiritual powers to cheat the faithful who believe in him, but the jury saw through his deception and he is being held accountable.

According to the US Attorney, Annamalai, 49, generated income though the Temple by charging fees to his followers in exchange for providing spiritual or related services. He caused the followers' credit card numbers to be charged on multiple occasions, in excess of the agreed amount and without authorisation. The income generated by the Temple through these credit card charges was used to fund the lifestyle of Annamalai and his family who owned or controlled numerous homes and real estate properties, luxury vehicles and bank accounts in India.

He was convicted of bankruptcy and fraud offences in connection with the Temple's petition for bankruptcy protection in 2009. He was also convicted on three counts of obstruction and false statements in connection with the grand jury probe and the bankruptcy proceedings.

He is now scheduled to be sentenced on November 13.

Singapore NRI charged with murder of compatriot
Report dated 28/08/2014 @ 1:02 PM

Singapore NRI charged with murder of compatriot Thiruppathi Veerapperumal, 26, has been charged by a Singapore court for the murder of his compatriot Murugaiya Suresh Kumar, 26, at an industrial estate near the exit road leading to the west coast highway.

In a brief hearing today, Thiruppathi spoke through a Tamil interpreter and told the court he did not commit the offence. The judge ordered the police be given time to complete their investigations and the accused will be remanded for investigations and taken back to the crime scene. He will return to court on September 3 and if convicted will face the death penalty.

The victim sustained trauma injuries on his head and neck and had deformities on his left hand. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Singapore NRI slapped with over 160 charges for hacking
Report dated 26/08/2014 @ 1:25 PM

Singapore NRI slapped with over 160 charges for hacking James Raj Arokiasamy, 35, is alleged to have secured unauthorised access into the Fuji Xerox web server in March last year, and of hacking into and modifying a fan site created for City Harvest Church co-founder and pop-singer Sun Ho.

James who goes by the moniker 'Messiah' has now been slapped with 105 additional charges and now faces a total of 162 charges for hacking and unauthorised modification of web servers last year, including that of the ruling People's Action Party Foundation, Singapore Prison Service, the Prime Minister's Office, the Singapore elections department the ministry of communications and information, the Straits Times, and a town council.

James also faces four drug related charges.

Two NRIs charged with murder in London suburb
Report dated 25/08/2014 @ 1:18 PM

Two NRIs charged with murder in London suburb Gaurav Sharma, 33, and Jaswinder Singh, 27, have been charged with stabbing plumber Afzal, 38, to death on a street in Southall.

The victim was found stabbed on a street and taken to hospital where he died and postmortem tests gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest.

Neighbours living and working near the murder scene have expressed anger and are calling for more CCTV cameras covering the roads leading off Southall Broadway and police have invited anyone who was in or around the area that thinks they saw or heard anything suspicious to call their incident room.

The two accused are scheduled to appear at Uxbridge Magistrate's court charged with the murder of Mohamed Afzal.

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