Patel & Mehta Get Prison Time for Smuggling Indian Nationals

Indian nationals Nileshkumar Patel (42) and Harsad Mehta (67) were each sentenced to 17 months in prison today for their role in illegally transporting two Indians into the United States via commercial airline flights.

Patel and Mehta previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to separate superseding informations charging them each with one count of conspiracy to smuggle foreign nationals into the United States for commercial advantage and private financial gain.

According to court documents:

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 United States illegally. Patel and Mehta admitted that on July 24, 2014, they brought two Indian nationals to Bangkok, Thailand, so that they could be transported into the United States. They also admitted paying an individual – who was actually an undercover officer – to transport the foreign nationals from Thailand into Newark.

In addition to the 17-months prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Nileshkumar Patel and Harsad Mehta to three years of supervised release.

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