Patel, Mehta Plead Guilty to Smuggling Indian Nationals

Indian nationals Nileshkumar Patel (42) and Harsad Mehta (68) pleaded guilty today in Newark for their role in illegally transporting two Indians into the United States via commercial airline flights.

Patel and Mehta were each charged 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.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison.

Sentencing for Nileshkumar Patel and Harsad Mehta is scheduled for May 16, 2017.

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