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NRI Worldwide > NRI Crime

US NRI convicted for paying kickbacks
Report dated 23/07/2014 @ 3:29 PM

US NRI convicted for paying kickbacks Shailesh Shah, 48, the CEO of two publicly traded companies pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud and has been convicted on charges of paying kickbacks in return for purchases of his companies stock.

As president and CEO of the companies, Shah agreed to pay secret inducements to an investment fund representative in exchange for having the firm buy stock in his companies. The kickbacks were concealed through the use of sham consulting agreements and other fraudulent documents.

Shah, however did not know that the investment fund representative was in fact an undercover FBI agent.

Shah, of California is to be sentenced in October and could face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release and a fine of $.250,000.

NRI sentenced to five years in UK for kidnapping
Report dated 18/07/2014 @ 3:24 PM

NRI sentenced to five years in UK for kidnapping Kalvinder Singh Uppal, 50, the ringleader of a gang who was linked to the abduction and sexual exploitation of a woman in Leicester four years ago then fled to India, was extradited to the UK where he was sentenced by a court to five years in jail.

Reports say the woman was brought from India to the UK to work as a dancer in the entertainment industry, but she was made to offer sexual services to strangers in return for money. She escaped from the gang when they took her to Birmingham Airport with the intention of taking her back to India.

Seven men were later convicted of involvement in the kidnap, but police always believed Uppal was the ringleader.

The Leicestershire Police who worked with Indian authorities and international law enforcement to secure Uppal's extradition to the UK last year, thanked Indian authorities for their help in the case.

NRI sentenced for raping 12-year-old in UK
Report dated 14/07/2014 @ 1:20 PM

NRI sentenced for raping 12-year-old in UK Vinayak Rama, 29, and Reynold Carvalho have been sentenced for raping a 12-year-old girl in Leicester last October.

Rama who was a passenger in a car driven by Carvalho persuaded the victim to get into the vehicle and raped her in a secluded forest area.

During the court proceedings the defendants said they did not know the girl was a minor as the victim told them she was 17. The prosecution contended that the girl did not consent, but was compliant to what happened.

Rama has been sentenced to 10 years and six months after admitting to two counts of rape, and Carvalho has been sentenced to 8 years and three months after pleading guilty to one offence of rape.

US NRI pleads guilty to funding Al Qaida groups
Report dated 14/07/2014 @ 1:04 PM

US NRI pleads guilty to funding Al Qaida groups Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, 31, who was arrested last year in a Miami based FBI sting operation has pleaded guilty to providing thousands of dollars in material support to 3 terror groups operating under al Qaida in war-torn Syria and Somalia.

When he was indicted last August he pleaded not guilty but changed his plea when he appeared before a US District Court in Miami. He was charged with conspiring to provide a total of $25,000 to the splinter groups.

In 2012 the FBI first engaged Mohammed in Saudi Arabia and later in Kenya. He was arrested and brought to Miami. He and another accused Kenya national Mohamed Hussein Said, 26, whom he met in Saudi Arabia agreed to provide financial and other help to an al-Qaida affiliate that was seeking to overthrow the US backed transitional government in Somalia.

If convicted, both Mohammed and Said face a possible statutory maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison for each count of the indictment. Mohammed's sentencing is scheduled in Miami in October.

NRI woman arrested at US airport for child abduction
Report dated 13/07/2014 @ 1:07 PM

NRI woman arrested at US airport for child abduction Padamashini was arrested in the US when she arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth airport, eight years after she forcibly took her son away to India. Drew Drees now 10, was reunited with his father Dean James Drees, at the airport in Texas eight years after he left the US with his mother.

Police say Drew was two years old in December 2006 when Padmashini kidnapped him and the abduction was reported in January 2007. Police then issued an arrest warrant against her for interference with the child's custody. The case remained open and when police learned she planned to return to the US with her son, they traced her at the airport.

Padmashini Drees is now in the Collin county jail on a $10,000 bail. Her jail record lists Dean James Drees as her ex-husband. She was charged with breaking the child custody law.

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