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Immigration and Nationality Law
|Nine Indicted in Visa Fraud
A federal grand jury in Sacramento, California returned an 18 count indictment charging 9 persons who were allegedly involved in a corrupt scheme to sell visas to the U.S. The scheme allegedly involved payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars by persons to two married State Department employees in exchange for visas to different foreign nationals, primarily from Vietnam and India. Furthermore, while working in the consular affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, one defendant allegedly issued visas to scores of persons pursuant to the scheme.
The indictments were the result of an 11 month investigation. Other charges involve various felony fraud counts. The defendants face possible fines and imprisonment.
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