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NRI charged with murder in UK
Report dated 06/05/2014 @ 1:40 PM
Surjit Singh Sidhu, 48, from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire has been arrested and charged with the murder of Martin Ackroyd, 48, whose body was found in his flat.
Police were called to a flat in Newsome where they discovered the body. Later a 30-year-old woman was also arrested in connection with the case but was released on bail. The victim is believed to have lived at the flat for four months.
Sidhu has appeared before the Bradford Magistrate's court.
US NRI priest to be deported for molesting minor girl
Report dated 06/05/2014 @ 1:35 PM
Father Leo Charles Koppala 47, has been sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation and faces deportation for sexually molesting a 12-year-old girl in Minnesota.
Koppala was charged in 2013 and placed on administrative leave from the Diocese of Winona since, but was permanently terminated from the ministry after he pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced.
According to the criminal complaint, the girl's grandmother invited Koppala over to supper, and at one point in the evening when the girl went downstairs to watch TV, Koppala followed her, then kissed her on the cheeks and lips, touched her inappropriately, made suggestive invitations, and told her he loved her. The grandmother confirmed that Koppala had gone downstairs when she was on the phone, and when they both returned she could tell by the victim's demeanour that she was upset about something. After Koppala left she told her grandmother what had happened.
Per his sentencing guidelines, Koppala must register as a predatory offender and have no contact with females under age 18. He was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security and will remain in custody until he is likely to be deported to India.
NRI New York cab driver pronounced guilty of rape
Report dated 04/05/2014 @ 5:03 PM
Gurmeet Singh, 42, of Queens, New York has been found guilty of kidnapping and raping a female passenger three years ago. He faces 25 years in prison when sentenced this month.
Some members of the Brooklyn jury acquitted him as they tended to believe Singh's account that the back-seat sex was consensual, but the panel eventually agreed that the woman must have passed out and did not invite the attention of the driver.
The victim age 29 who is a non-profit employee, testified that she hailed a yellow cab after a Cinco de Mayo party in May 2011 and dozed off but when she came to the defendant was on top of her and she was bound, gagged and blindfolded with a knife to her throat. She suffered cuts and a busted lip and her cellphone and $20 were missing.
According to reports Gurmeet Singh was earlier implicated but never charged in a similar attack in Harlem.
NRI nanny accused of killing employer's baby in Dubai
Report dated 03/05/2014 @ 2:38 PM
A 29-year-old Indian nanny has been accused of strangling and gagging her employer's 11-month-old baby girl to death with her scarf after she was denied leave to go back home.
The unidentified woman has been accused of premeditated murder which she denied in the Court of First Instance in Dubai. According to prosecution records after murdering the infant the nanny continued her daily house work.
The infant's aunt, a British housewife, 36, said she received a call from her sister in the evening asking her to go to her home as the baby was not well, and when she reached there she noticed the baby was not moving or making any sounds in the nanny's lap, so she took the infant in her car to a local hospital where she was told the child had died around two hours earlier.
Police say the accused confessed she killed the infant because she was in poor condition after her mother passed away in India a month earlier and her employer refused to send her back because of the baby and because he had spent a large amount of money to bring her into the country.
The forensic report confirmed the baby was strangled to death with a scarf.
3 US NRI medical professionals convicted for $15 million fraud
Report dated 02/05/2014 @ 2:19 PM
Physical therapists Shahzad Mirza, 43, and Jigar Patel, 30; and foreign medical school graduate without a license to practice medicine Srinivas Reddy, 38, have been convicted by a federal jury for their part in a nearly $15 million medicare fraud scheme.
Each man was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with a scheme that operated from 2008 through 2011 at health care facilities in Detroit.
Mirza and Patel were each found guilty of two counts of health care fraud in connection with the submission of false claims to federal insurance programme medicare for home health services. Patel was also found guilty of money laundering of the proceeds of the fraud through his company MI Healthcare Staffing. Reddy was also found guilty of three counts of health care fraud for submitting false claims for physician home visits.
The conspirators created a company Phoenix Visiting Physicians, which employed unlicensed persons, including Reddy, to visit patients and provide them with narcotic prescriptions as well as obtain information necessary to fill out paperwork to refer them for medically unnecessary home health care services.