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Newark Avenue Navratri Festival 2015
October 5, 2015 - Jersey City Indian community will celebrate the Hindu festival Dasara Navratri on October 16 & 17 and 23 & 24, 2015 at the Little India business hub on Newark Avenue.
Dasara Durga Puja © Sagar.com
Dasara Durga Puja Celebrations
The nine-day festival celebrated with Durga Puja, Ayudha Puja and Raas Garba this year is from October 13 - 22, 2015.

The Newark Avenue 2015 Navratri festival celebrations are scheduled for October 16 & 17 and October 23 & 24 in Little India business hub between Kennedy Blvd and Tonnel Avenue in Jersey City.

Newark Ave Jersey City image © sagar.com
Raas Garba & Dasara Festival on Newark Ave, Jersey City
The four-day Newark Avenue Navratri festival program includes Durga Puja, Aarti and Raas Garba performances by youth and women from local Indian community.

2015 Navratri Festival - Location
Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Dates - October 16 & 17 and 23 & 24, 2015
Admisssion - Free
Related Information
Dasara Navratri Celebrations in New Jersey
Newark Avenue Indian Lunch Buffets
Newark Avenue Vegetarian Restaurants
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Ganesh Utsav on Newark Avenue (Jersey City)
Ganesh Festival Newark Avenue Jersey City, NJ image © sagar.com
Ganesh Utsav on Newark Ave (Sep. 17-26, 2015)
September 17, 2015 - Ganesh Chaturthi is a major Hindu festival for Indians in India.

And so it is for Indians in Jersey City.

A Ganesh idol has been set up at 813 Newark Avenue in Jersey City and Poojas and Aarti are being performed from morning to evening.

Ganesh aka Ganapati is a popular Hindu God whose blessings guarantee a H1B Visa at the American Embassy or Consulate, quick H4 for the spouse, fast Green Card procesing in the U.S. and rapid promotion in your IT job.

Ganesh Festival Newark Avenue Jersey City, NJ image © sagar.com
Ganesh Festival Celebrations @ 813 Newark Avenue
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Guru Raghavendra Aradhana on Aug. 30
August 15, 2015 - Devotees of Mantralaya Mahaan Guru Raghavendra will be glad to know that Swamigala Aradhana Mahothsava is set to be celebrated grandly on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Shri Krishna Vrundavavana in Edison, New Jersey.

Guru Raghavendra image © sagar.com
Guru Raghavendra
Guru Raghavendra was a highly regarded 17th century Indian saint.

Devotees from all over India flock to the saint's final resting place at Mantralayam, at the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border in South India.

Aradhana Details
Date: August 30, 2015
Time: 8AM to 8PM
Location: 215 May Street, Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: 732-283-8982

For complete program schedule of Guru Raghavendra Aradhana, visit the organizers Shri Krishna Vrundavavana.

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Newark Municipal ID Card for Indian Illegals

August 1, 2015 - Hey, Desi illegals in Newark (NJ), there's some good news for you.

The City of Newark (NJ) is issuing a Municipal ID card.

Carrying a photograph, the Newark Municipal ID card will let Indian (and other) illegals access city services.

If you're wondering what you can do with the Newark Municipal ID card, there's a lot you can do with it.

You can open a bank account, get a license to peddle goods on street corners, access a city shelter when you're in dire straits and show it wherever they demand a government ID card (like at courts or other government buildings).

The Newark Municipal ID card, which debuted Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center, has been in the works for six-months.

How to get Newark Municipal ID Card
Now, getting a Newark Municipal ID card is easy but not too easy.

If it were too easy, all of Bihar would land in Newark before you could say Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Be prepared to show other forms of identification and residency like utility bills, Visa cards, payment stubs or passports if you want to lay your hands on a glittering Newark Municipal ID card.

Newark Municipal iD card is available to all city residents over 14.

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New Jersey Christians Embrace Hindi

July 1, 2015 - Hindi is gaining prominence even in New Jersey Churches.

For a second consecutive year, the three-day convention of Jehovah's Witnesses in Turnersville, New Jersey (July 31-August 2, 2015) will be conducted in both Hindi and English.

The convention, which starts at 9:20AM on July 31, 2015, will focus on Imitate Jesus and examine Jesus's life and his teachings.

Admission to the convention is free.

Location of Convention:
Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
300 Sovereign Way
Turnersville, NJ 08012
Ph: 216-210-4895
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Edison Indian is National Geographic Bee Champ

May 14, 2015 - Karan Menon of Edison (NJ) is the 2015 National Geographic Bee champion.

The 14-year-old student of John Adams Middle School will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.

Menon got all seven championship round questions right.

Overall, Indians did extremely well in the 2015 National Geographic Bee.

The runner-up Shriya Yarlagadda is also of Indian origin.

A total of four million students from 11,000 schools competed in the 2015 National Geographic Bee.
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Indian Veg. Restaurant Opens in Menlo Park Mall

April 13, 2015 - A new Indian vegetarian restaurant Poorrani has opened in Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ.

Idly With Chutneys & Sambar © sagar.com
Idly, Chutneys & Sambar
Located in the upper level food court, Poorrani offers a range of vegetarian dishes including Idly, Vada, Dosa, Uttappam, Masala Dosa and more.

Besides a la carte menu, Poorrani offers platters for lunch.

Poorani is open seven days a week.

Poorani is located at Ste FS14 in Menlo Park Mall, 55 Parsonage Rd, Edison, NJ 08837.

If you're craving Indian vegetarian food, visit Poorrani at Menlo Park Mall.

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Rahul had Sexual Contact with Underage Girl

March 4, 2015 - New Jersey Indian Rahul Malushte (49) had multiple sexual contacts with an underage girl between 2006-2012, according to media reports.

Under the terms of a plea deal with New Jersey prosecutors, Rahul pled guilty to child endangerment and will likely receive a five-year suspended sentence.

Rahul must also undergo a psychiatric evaluation, register as a sex offender and be subjected to parole supervision for life under Megan's Law.

New Jersey prosecutors had previously charged Rahul with multiple counts of sexual assault, aggravated criminal contact and endangering the welfare of a minor.

The lightness of the punishment suggests the prosecution may not have had a strong case against Rahul.

It's not clear if the victim was also an Indian.

Rahul's formal sentencing is set for July 23, 2015.

Rahul is a resident of Hopewell Township (near Princeton) in Mercer County, NJ.

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Patel Grocer Recovers Stolen Money

Indian Grocery Outlet owner Sunilkumar V.Patel has recovered the $76,865 in cash stolen from his store on Talmadge Road in Edison late night of January 10, 2015.

Patel had kept the money in the store safe for deposit into a bank later.

Edison police arrested two Union County men (Fausto Ariza Pedraza of Rahway and Tito Venegas of Linden and recovered the stolen money.

The two men have been charged with the theft and lodged in the Middlesex County jail. Bail has been set at $10,000 for the accused duo.

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Indian Crook Bhanderi Loses NJ Govt Job

January 9, 2015 - Desi crook Harish Bhanderi, a suspended manager at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, has pleaded guilty to overtime fraud and will consequently lose his job.

Bhanderi, a resident of Newtown, PA, is said to have falsified time sheets to steal nearly $20,000.

NJ investigators found that Bhanderi submitted over 100 false overtime claims totaling $19,905 between June 2013 and June 2014.

Under the terms of his plea deal, Bhanderi must repay the money, lose his job and be permanently banned from public employment in New Jersey.

NJ prosecutors are also recommending Bhanderi be sentenced to 364 days in the county jail as a condition of a term of probation.

Bhanderi's sentencing is set for March 20, 2014.

Another desi employee of the NJ Department of Transportation, Alkesh Desai, also faces charges of overtime abuse.

By a complaint dated October 7, 2014, Desai has been charged with third-degree theft by deception. Desai has been suspended from his job as supervisor of the Drainage Bureau at the NJ Department of Transportation.

The charge against Desai is pending.

Alkesh Desai is presumed innocent unless and until he's proven guilty.

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Where Can Illegal Indians get a Driver's License?

January 2, 2015 - Surviving without a Driver's License in America is hard unless you stay in a place like New York City where there's reasonable public transportation.

Besides letting the license holder drive legally, a U.S. Driver's License also serves as an Identity Card to access most state and federal services, open bank accounts and gain entry into airports, courts and most federal buildings.

Because of opposition from anti-immigrant foes, most states bar the Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing a Driver's License to illegal immigrants.

Unfortunately, New Jersey state still does not issue Driver's License to illegal immigrants. Since the number of Indian illegal immigrants in New Jersey has been increasing in recent years, we assume that a lot of NJ desis are driving without a U.S. Driver's License.

Thank God, there are at least a few states that now offer Driver's License to illegal immigrants also.

California became the latest state to offer a Driver's License to illegal immigrants.

10 States where Indian Illegal Immigrants can get a Driver's License

1. California (effective January 2, 2015)
2. Maryland (effective January 1, 2014)
3. Connecticut (effective January 1, 2015)
4. Vermont (effective January 1, 2014)
5. Illinois (effective November 28, 2013)
6. Nevada (effective January 1, 2014)
7. Washington (effective July 25, 1993)
8. Utah (effective March 8, 2005)
9. New Mexico (effective 2003)
10. Colorado (effective January 1, 2014)
and the jurisdiction of
11. Washington D.C. (effective May 1, 2014)

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Karan Arrested by FBI

December 29, 2014 - Karan Seechurn was arrested by FBI agents on December 27, 2014 in Bayonne, NJ for allegedly engaging in abusive sexual contact with a sleeping woman passenger aboard a cruise ship.

According to the FBI complaint:

Karan Seechurn was an employee of the cruise line and was responsible for restocking the minibars located in passengers' rooms. In order to conduct this duty, he was provided with a key that gave him access to passengers' rooms. On Dec. 23, 2014, he allegedly used this key to access passengers' rooms when he was not authorized or permitted to do so. Seechurn entered a sleeping female passenger's room without her knowledge and permission. She awoke to find Seechurn touching her genitalia and she pushed him off her. When she tried to leave the room, he pulled her back and threated to burn down the cruise ship if she told anyone.
Karan, a 25-year-old cruise line employee from Mauritius, was represented by public defender attorney Linda Foster in Newark Federal Court on December 29, 2014.

If convicted, Karan Seechurn may be imprisoned for a maximum of three years along with a fine of $250,000 and one year of supervision after release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and may face immigration deportation proceedings since he is a Mauritius citizen.

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Edison Indian Shayam Sridhar Charged with Arson

December 28, 2014 - Edison Indian resident Shayam Sridhar, 21, has been charged with second-degree count of aggravated arson by the ?Middlesex County Prosecutor's office for allegedly setting fire to a hallway and classroom at the Busch Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ on December 20, 2014.

Sridhar is a former student of Rutgers University.

According to the Rutgers University Police Department investigation:
Sridhar set fire to a 30-foot section of the hallway and the adjoining classroom on the second floor of the ARC Building at 1:03 p.m. on December 20, 2014. The flash fire set off an alarm, forcing the evacuation of 210 students who were taking a final exam in a first-floor auditorium located beneath the burning hallway. No one was injured. The fire was extinguished by an overhead sprinkler, but damaged portions of the hallway and the classroom. Subsequent clean-up and repairs cost $250,000.
Sridhar is held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick with bail set at $75,000.

The arson charge against Sridhar is just an accusation and the young man is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Councilman Bhalla Harrassed Again

December 22, 2014 Hoboken Councilman Ravinder Bhalla is once again facing scrutiny of the city finance board for voting to hire an attorney with whom he shared an office on Newark Street.

This is the second time the finance board is dragging Bhalla into an ethics inquiry on the subject of voting to hire Paul Condon.

Despite an Administrative Law Judge's ruling in September 2014 dismissing the first complaint as "frivolous and unwarranted," the finance board on December 12 reinstated the ethics charge against Bhalla.

The rationale of Hoboken city's finance board is that though Bhalla and Condon had separate offices their joint lease agreement created "a contractual obligation of a financial and personal nature."

Terming the board's fresh complaint "perplexing" and a drain of taxpayer money, Bhalla said he intends to appeal its decision.

Here's what Bhalla said:
It is truly ironic that the local finance board sees no conflict of interest in ruling in favor of itself, without any public process whatsoever. My reputation in the community is paramount to my life as a public servant and I look forward to working toward once again clearing my name so I can continue to advance Hoboken instead of being dragged into a political fight which wastes taxpayer money.
In the height of political insanity, Bhalla's opponents are comparing his actions to the Watergate coverup attempt.
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Gujju Crook Vijay Patel Pleads Guilty

December 16, 2014 - Morris County desi Vijay Patel has pleaded guilty to health care fraud in a scheme to bill for diagnostic testing services he did not render and to enable a cardiologist to evade Medicare program's pre-payment review of his claims.

Vijay Patel is owner of a diagnostic testing facility in Parsippany called Mobile Diagnostic Testing of NJ LLC and also a participant in Medicare.

According to U.S. federal prosecutors:

Patel had an associate identified as "S.A.," who was a cardiologist and also a participant in the Medicare program. From around 2009 through 2012, S.A.'s Medicare contractor had placed him on so-called "pre-payment review," which was initiated to ensure that S.A. was submitting claims within established rules and regulations and consistent with appropriate medical decision-making, and which required S.A. to submit medical and other documentation to support the services being billed to Medicare. Under pre-payment review, claims for reimbursement that did not have the documentation necessary to support the services being billed are rejected by the Medicare contractor.

From November 2009 through October 2012, Patel and S.A. engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare whereby S.A. paid Patel substantial sums of money to enable S.A. to evade Medicare's prepayment review. Patel admitted in court that he submitted claims to Medicare for diagnostic testing services that S.A. had performed as if Mobile Diagnostic had performed the services instead of S.A. Once Medicare paid Patel and Mobile Diagnostic for diagnostic testing services that S.A. had actually provided, Patel then transferred a portion of the payment to S.A. and kept a substantial portion for himself.
Patel's sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2015.

The charge to which Vijay Patel pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense.

May Lord Shri Ramji give Vijay Patel the strength to bear his punishment.

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4 Blacks Arrested in NJ Desi Home Invasions

December 15, 2014 - Middlesex County Indians in New Jersey are likely celebrating with Gulab Jamuns, Jalebi and Dum Biryani after the arrest of four individuals allegedly responsible for the series of home invasion attacks on Asian Indians in October and November.

The four African-Americans charged in the five home invasion attacks are Chaka Castro (39), Juan Olaya (34), Octavius Scott (22), and Johnisha Williams (19). All are residents of Houston, TX.

They were arrested by Houston Police in Texas between December 7-11 after home invasion attacks in Texas.

Castro was charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, a second degree offense, with a count stemming from each of the home invasions.

Castro's co-defendants have been charged with a series of counts arising from each of the home invasions, including first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping, second-degree conspiracy, second-degree burglary, second-degree aggravated assault, and terroristic threats, theft, criminal mischief, and hindering their apprehension, all third degree offenses. They are also charged with fourth degree counts of pointing firearms at victims in each of the home invasions.

NJ prosecutors say families of Asian-Indian descent were targeted in each of the five home invasions.

Series of Attacks
There were five attacks on Indian homes between October 30 through November 29, 2014.

During the home invasion attacks, the Indian families were restrained and robbed at gunpoint.

Indian families were robbed of gold, cash and electronic gadgets.

Attacks on NJ Indians
November 29, 2014 - Old Bridge Township
October 20, 2014 - Oakwood section of Old Bridge Township
October 26, 2014 - Country Place section of Old Bridge Township
October 28, 2014 - Duffy Place in South Plainfield
October 30, 2014 - Netherwood Circle in Edison

New Jersey police intend to extradite the four people to the state.

If they're found guilty, the alleged robbers will go to prison for a long time.

All charged persons are assumed innocent until and unless they're found guilty in a court of law.

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New Indian Restaurant Opens on Newark Ave

December 11, 2014 - If you love paying $9 for a plate of Vegetable Pakoras, $10 for Gobi 65 appetizers and $11 for Egg Burjee, then the pricey new Indian restaurant Vaibhav in Jersey City (NJ) is for you.

Tandoori Chicken
Tandoori Chicken

Promoted by Vinay Ankum, the owner of Sapthagiri Indian vegetarian restaurant (off Newark Avenue in Jersey City), Vaibhav offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian items.

For those who love to hog rather than merely eat, Vaibhav offers lunch buffets every day.

For $11.99, you can stuff yourself to the gills with Tandoori Chicken, Samosas, Dal Makhani and other Indian favorites on weekdays. The buffet price goes up by $3 on weekends.

Jersey City, particularly Newark Avenue and the area around Journal Square, is already cho-a-bloc with desi restaurants serving buffets, Dum Biryanis, Bhel Puris, Paneer Makhani, Chaat, Tandoori Chicken, Masala Dosas, Mithais, Indian-Chinese and a thousand other Indian dishes.

So is there room for one more Indian restaurant?

Well, time will tell.

Vaibhav is located 737 Newark Avenue in Jersey City.

The web site is : http://www.vaibhavusa.com
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$1,000 Award for Info on Indian Home Invasions

December 6, 2014 - A reward of $1,000 will be offered to anyone providing information leading to the arrest of criminals responsible for the home invasion attacks on Indians in Middlesex County.

Since October 20, 2014, there has been five attacks on Asian-Indian homes and theft of jewelry, cash and electronics during the incidents.

People aware of information about the home invasions must call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-939-9600, or access the Crime Stoppers web site at middlesextips.com or text a message with information to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword "midtip," followed by a message.

So far the New Jersey police has drawn a blank in nabbing the criminals.

Attacks on NJ Indians
November 29, 2014 - Old Bridge Township
October 20, 2014 - Oakwood section of Old Bridge Township
October 26, 2014 - Country Place section of Old Bridge Township
October 28, 2014 - Duffy Place in South Plainfield
October 30, 2014 - Netherwood Circle in Edison

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5th Indian Home Attacked in Middlesex County

November 30, 2014 - The alarming wave of home invasion crimes against Asian-Indians in New Jersey showed no let-up with a fifth Indian family in Middlesex County being attacked and robbed November 29, 2014.

Like with the earlier attacks in October, in the latest incident too the victims were tied up and jewelry and cash stolen from their homes.

Media reports say the attack happened at 7:20PM and the police were alerted 90-minutes later.

The value of jewelry and amount of cash stolen has not been disclosed.

Police have also been silent on whether any of the victims were injured during the latest home invasion.

NJ Police Impotent?
Local police appear impotent to stop the series of hate crimes against Indians.

Despite multiple home invasions in the last 40 days, New Jersey police and prosecutors pretend there's no race aspect to the attacks against Indians and have dismissed them as opportunity crimes.

Since Indians are weak and don't have strong local leaders, New Jersey prosecutors and police do not seem to have devoted enough resources to nabbing the criminals responsible for the series of racist attacks.

The financial success of hard-working New Jersey Indians at a time when the state economy is still in doldrums has made the community a target of criminals who see them as easy prey.

In the absence of strong assistance from local law enforcement, New Jersey Indians must exercise great caution both at home and outside.

Attacks on NJ Indians - Chronology
November 29, 2014 - Old Bridge Township
October 20, 2014 - Oakwood section of Old Bridge Township
October 26, 2014 - Country Place section of Old Bridge Township
October 28, 2014 - Duffy Place in South Plainfield
October 30, 2014 - Netherwood Circle in Edison

New Jersey police have not said whether the five home invasions/burglaries are related, or if they were committed by the same individuals.

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Indian Illegals Rising in NJ

November 18, 2014 - It's with great distress we must report that the number of illegal Indian immigrants in New Jersey continue to climb.

Recent surveys put Indians as the second largest group of illegal immigrants in New Jersey.

Indians accounted for 11% of all illegal immigrants in New Jersey in 2012, according to a study by Pew Research.

Desi Illegals

It's our hypothesis that illegal immigration has increased from South India in recent years.

Gujaratis and Punjabis often come to the U.S. through family visa sponsorships.

Majority of South Indians are likely to be scientists, engineers or IT programmers who come to the U.S. on H1B visas.

Indian illegal immigrants are most likely to be seen around the desi business hubs of Edison, Iselin, Jersey City and South Plainfield.

With the recent victory of Republicans in the polls, it's unlikely that we'll see any kind of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

NJ Indian illegal immigrants often work in the service sector, in businesses like restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and liquor stores.

Unlike Mexicans who often make the perilous journey across the desert by foot with help from coyotes, Indian illegals are mostly people who have overstayed their visas.

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ALERT - Fourth NJ Indian Family Attacked

October 31, 2014 - A fourth New Jersey Indian family was attacked in Middlesex County Thursday, October 30, 2014.

This time the attack happened in Netherwood Circle of Edison.

Middlesex County authorities said two armed and masked men broke into the home Thursday at 10:40PM, tied up family members and ransacked the house.

It is not clear how much property was stolen in the latest attack on Indians, the fourth in 11-days.

In the earlier round of attacks, the criminals took valuables including cash, electronics and jewelry.

Police have failed to arrest anyone in connection with the four attacks on Indians.

Wave of Attacks on Indians

October 20, 2014 - Oakwood section of Old Bridge Township
October 26, 2014 - Country Place section of Old Bridge Township
October 28, 2014 - Duffy Place in South Plainfield
October 30, 2014 - Netherwood Circle in Edison
Law enforcement authorities declined to say whether the burglaries are related, or whether they were committed by the same individuals.

Reward Announced

Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. is offering cash rewards to anyone with information about the criminals involved in the home invasion attacks on Indians.

The Crime Stoppers phone number is: 1-800-939-9600.

Text messages with information may also be sent to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword "midtip" followed by a message.

Those who call will be given instructions on how to collect cash rewards by using a numerical code that will be recognized by a local bank, which will pay the rewards following approval by Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.

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Middlesex Indians Under Attack in New Jersey

October 30, 2014 - The success of hardworking Indians in New Jersey has attracted the envy and attention of hardly working American criminals again.

In recent days, three New Jersey Indian families in Middlesex County have experienced the painful trauma of a home invasion robbery attack.

The third incident happened Tueday, October 28, 2014 on Duffy Place in South Plainfield.

After hitting the father with a pistol, the two criminals robbed the home.

The two earlier home invasion robberies happened in the Old Bridge township of Middlesex County.

The criminals, who came armed with guns, tied up children and other family members in all three incidents.

Cash, electronic gadgets and other unspecified items were stolen in the three robberies.

New Jersey police suspect all three crimes to be the handiwork of the same people.

Attack Chronology

Home Invasion Attacks on Indians
October 20, 2014 - Oakwood section of Old Bridge Township
October 26, 2014 - Country Place section of Old Bridge Township
October 28, 2014 - Duffy Place in South Plainfield

Indians living in Middlesex County and other parts of New Jersey must exercise extra caution in the face of these criminal attacks.

Attacks on Indians in New Jersey are not uncommon.

New Jersey police must devote all resources to safeguard the property and lives of Indians in the state.

Useful Information
South Plainfield Police Department
2480 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Emergency: 911
Tip Line Phone: 908-226-7675
Detective Michael Machen 732-721-5600 ext. 3210
Detective Thomas Montagna 732-721-5600 ext. 3202
Middlesex County Crime Stoppers 800-939-9600
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Horny Singh Will go to Prison


Indian citizen Devender Singh (62) has pleaded guilty to sexually touching a sleeping woman on board a United Airlines flight from Houston to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Singh (a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana) was arrested subsequently and charged with abusive sexual contact of his co-passenger.

According to court documents and statements:

Singh was seated next to a woman who occupied a window seat on a United Airlines flight from Houston to Newark. While the plane was in the air, the woman fell asleep. She awoke to find Singh kissing her face with his hand inside her shirt.

After pushing Singh off of her and telling him to get away, the woman went to the back of the plane and told a flight crew member what had happened, asking that the police be present when the plane landed.
The charge to which Singh pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Singh will be sentenced on October 23, 2014.

It's hard to see how Singh can avoid a prison term.

Devender Singh Court Documents:
Devender Singh Indictment

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Mr. and Mrs. Desai Plead Guilty


September 9, 2014 - Former Indian FBI Special Agent Pritesh Desai and his wife Darshna Desai have pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The Desais hid Darshna's income as part-owner of a pharmacy in Piscataway (NJ) from the IRS and using the money for home renovation and other personal expenses.

The total tax loss from the Desais' fraud is estimated to range from $200,000 to $400,000.

The maximum potential penalty for the Desais offense is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing for the Desais is scheduled for December 11, 2014.

Desais Court Documents:
Pritesh Desai Indictment
Darshna Desai Indictment

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NJ Indian Crook Pleads Guilty, gets Bail

Aug 17, 2014 - New Jersey Indian jeweler Rajnees Gupta has pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

A North Brunswick (NJ) resident, Rajnees Gupta operated an Internet jewelry store called Totaram On-Line Jewelers.

U.S. prosecutors charged Rajnees Gupta with failing to report $543,642.25 of gross receipts of the business (which Gupta deposited into his personal account). Gupta was charged with not reporting the amount on his business or personal accounts.

Court filings show that through his illegal actions Rajnees Gupta evaded taxes of $197,051.

Gupta settled the charges by signing a plea deal with the government on August 15, 2014.

The desi crook faces a maximum prison term of three years for his crime and fines of upto $250,000.

Rajnees - Bail Granted
Gupta has been granted bail on $10,000 unsecured bond. But his travel has been restricted to the continental United States and ordered to surrender his passport.

Rajnees Gupta will be sentenced on November 24, 2014 at 10AM in Newark in Courtroom 3 before Judge Kevin McNulty.

Prior to his sentencing date, Gupta must file accurate amended tax returns for 2007 through 2009 and pay to the IRS all taxes and penalties owed on those returns.

Rajnees Gupta Court Documents:
Rajnees Gupta Bail Document
Rajnees Gupta Plea Deal
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NJ Swaminaryan Mandir Inauguration


August 6, 2014 - A new Swaminaryan Mandir in Robinsville, NJ is scheduled to be inagurated on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

The marble structure will be open to public following a dedication ceremony.

The function starts at 10:30AM.

The mandir is located at 112 N Main St Robinsville, NJ 08561.

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NJ Indian Jeweler Going to Prison


June 18, 2014 - Jersey City jewelry store owner Vinod Dadlani has pleaded guilty to participating in a credit card fraud scheme and will soon be heading to prison.

Dadlani used his New Jersey jewelry store to further a massive credit card scheme involving several conspirators.

The fraud scheme involving Dadlani and several others caused losses of over $200 million to businesses and financial institutions.

Dadlani is the 17th person to plead guilty to the fraud scheme.

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Dadlani pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

The count to which Vinod Dadlani pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense.

Fraud Scheme
Court filings say 51-year-old Dadlani, a resident of Lyndhurst (NJ), owned and operated Nikitas Inc, d/b/a Tanishq Jewels (at 804 Newark Avenue in Jersey City) where he allowed co-conspirators to use fraud cards.

Dadlani split the proceeds of the phony transactions with conspirators.

Dadlani will be sentenced on September 24, 2014.

Court Documents on Vinod Dadlani
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2 NJ Patels Arrested

June 14, 2014 - New Jersey authorities arrested Nita Patel and Kirtish Patel of Rockaway, NJ on June 9, 2014 and charged them with conspiring to commit health care fraud.

Nita Patel and Kirtish Patel, owners of mobile diagnostic service companies Biosound Medical Services and Heart Solutions, were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

The complaint charges that although Kirtish N.Patel was not a physician he would interpret the diagnostic results himself instead of sending it to a "reading physician."

Nita Patel then allegedly photocopied or electronically cut and pasted a physician's signature onto a diagnostic report and forwarded it to the referring physician who ordered the testing.

FBI investigators allege that although the diagnostic report was not sent to a reading physician, Biosound would bill Medicare and other payors for diagnostic testing and the reading physician's interpretation of results and report (See P.4 of FBI Complaint filed in court).

Kirtish and Nita Patel were each released on $100,000 unsecured bond and their travel restricted to New Jersey.

Conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and $250,000 in fine.

Kirtish Patel and Nita Patel are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

FBI Complaint:
Complaint against Nita Patel and Kirtish Patel
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Indian Doctor Mahesh Patel Going to Prison

May 17, 2014 - Dr.Mahesh Patel of Florham Park, NJ is going to prison for five months for taking cash kickbacks for making referrals to a diagnostic testing lab in Orange, NJ, according to U.S. prosecutors.

Besides the prison term, 64-year-old-Mahesh Patel must serve five-months of home confinement.

Mahesh Patel pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to an information charging him with soliciting and getting illegal cash kickbacks for patient referrals in violation of federal health care anti-kickback statute.

Moral to other Indian Doctors in New Jersey - Do Not Take Kickbacks!

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New Jersey Indian Cheat Headed for Prison

A New Jersey Indian from Edison, Shreyans Desai, is heading to prison after pleading guilty to cheating investors.

Desai, 27, who was former President of ShreySiddh Capital LLC of Iselin recently admitted before District Judge William Martini of Newark Federal Court to cheating investors out of over $250,000.

Shreyans Desai misled investors about the licensing and registration status of his company to get them to give their money to him so that he could trade securities on their behalf. Desai then sought to retain control of the funds invested with him by providing investors with inflated values of their investments.

Shreyans is also said to have inflated the amount of commissions he purportedly earned through trading those funds.

Desai is scheduled to be sentenced to prison on August 13, 2014.

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New Biryani Place Opens in Jersey City

May 12, 2014 - Biryani Pot has opened its first location in New Jersey in Jersey City.

Located at 824, Newark Avenue, Biryani Pot New Jersey offers several varieties of Biryani including Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani, Hyderabadi Goat Dum Biryani, Egg Biryani, Shrimp Biryani and Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biryani.

Besides Biryani, Biryani Pot also offers a choice of Vegetarian and Meat curries.

Lunch Specials are available on weekdays.

Biryani Pot is closed Monday.

Call Biryani Pot at 201-222-3550 to order your favorite Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.