11 arrested, indicted in multi-state visa fraud operation

DES MOINES, Iowa - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 11 individuals in seven states Wednesday as part of an investigation into suspected visa and mail fraud. Matthew G. Whitaker, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, announced the operation, which was carried out by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Iowa, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New Jersey.

Those arrested Wednesday by ICE agents include:
1. Shiva Neeli, arrested in Boston, Mass.; charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.
2. Ramakrishna Maguluri, arrested in Atlanta, Ga.; charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.
3. Villiappan Subbaiah, arrested in Dallas, Texas; charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.
4. Suresh Pola, arrested in Pennsylvania; charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.
5. Vishnu Reddy, arrested in Los Angeles, Calif.; charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud.
6. Chockalingam Palaniappan, arrested in San Jose, Calif.; charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud.
7. Vijay Myneni, arrested in San Jose, Calif.; charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.
8. Venkata Guduru, arrested in New Jersey; charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.
9. Praveen Andapally, arrested in New Jersey; charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements in an immigration matter.
10. Amit Justa, arrested in New Jersey; charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.
11. Karambir Yadav, arrested in Louisville, Ky.; charged with conspiracy and mail fraud.

Ironically all the arrested are Indians, and 7 of the 11 hail from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Follow this link for the official press release from "US Immigration and customs enforcement". Apparently this was waiting to happen given the past history and ease with which these things happen.

Its time for the Indian authorities to take this more seriously.

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  1. Take this! Andhrites are famous for getting forged bank statements for visa interviews. Atrocious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Now i stopped trusting my Indians co-workers. There should be some more moral and ethical limits. They don't seem to exist. It shows everywhere. I am sure this is a problem in just a handful of people, but is a very grave situation.

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  3. I think the curtains are coming down on India :-))))

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