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Indian pleads guilty to smuggling foreign nationals into US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

An Indian national has pleaded guilty to the charges of Indians as illegal immigrants into the

Pleading guilty before a court on Thursday, Bhavin Patel, 38, said he did this for private financial gain.

He faces a maximum potential sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to USD 250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for July 9.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, agents for the received information that a operation run by Patel was attempting to find methods to bring foreign nationals from into the US.

The investigation revealed that the organisation recruited Indian nationals and others to pay fees in exchange for passage to the US.

Beginning in October 2013, an undercover posing as a smuggler began meeting with Patel in Patel told the undercover that he wanted to smuggle Indian nationals into the US.

On three different occasions, Patel or his conspirator transported the Indian nationals to an airport in Thailand, at which point the undercover would presumably use his contacts to smuggle them into the US via commercial airline flights, the said.

Patel agreed to wire down payments for each individual to be smuggled and to pay a balance of tens of thousands of dollars for each individual once the foreign nationals arrived in the US.

Over the ensuing months, Patel arranged for six Indian nationals to be brought to for smuggling into the US via He was arrested on December 7, 2018, upon his arrival at Newark Liberty.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 04:00 IST