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Two Indians admit helping foreign client with visa fraud in US

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New Jersey, Sep 28 (UITV)- Two employees from a Somerset County company admitted Tuesday to recruiting foreign nationals to enroll in a fake college in order to obtain student visa and/or work authorizations, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Harpreet Sachdeva and Sanjeev Sukhija currently on a foreign worker visas and living in New Jersey have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud.

The pair was charged on April 5, along with 22 brokers, recruiters, and employers with enrolling foreign nationals in the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), a purported for-profit college located in Cranford.

Sachdeva and Sukhija were employed at Right OPT, a purported international student recruiting and consulting company located in Somerset, New Jersey.

According to court papers, Sachdeva and Sukhija told Right OPT’s foreign recruits that for a fee, they could enroll at UNNJ without having to attend any classes and that their enrollment would enable them to fraudulently maintain their nonimmigrant status.

The duo also caused the foreign nationals to be reported in government databases as legitimate foreign students. Along with maintaining student visa status for their foreign clients, Sachdeva and Sukhija also conspired to secure fraudulent work authorizations for some of their foreign clients.

In their guilt plea, they admitted that their intention was to profit from the scheme by outsourcing these foreign individuals through Right OPT as information technology consultants with various businesses in the United States for commissions.

Both Sachdeva and Sukhija could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2017.