A federal court in US has sentenced two Indians to 17 months in prison for smuggling foreign nationals into the United States.
According to acting US Attorney William E Fitzpatrick, two Indians named Nilesh Kumar Patel and Harshad Mehta, were sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to illegally transport foreign nationals into the US via commercial airline flights.
42-year-old Patel and 67-year-old Mehta had pleaded guilty to the charges in Januray.
Judge Martini imposed the sentences yesterday in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Patel and Mehta admitted that from June 2013 through October 2015, they conspired to make money by recruiting Indian nationals to enter and reside in the US illegally.
They admitted that on July 24, 2014, they brought two Indian nationals to Bangkok, so that they could be transported into the US.
They also admitted paying an individual — who was actually an undercover officer — to transport the foreign nationals from Thailand into Newark.
The two have also been sentenced to three years of supervised release.
(With PTI inputs)