- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A man who admitted running an eight-year illegal scheme to get natives of India into the United States has been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge in Newark gave Sandipkumar Patel a 30-month sentence Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Edison resident was paid thousands of dollars by the Indian immigrants to lie on visa applications that he would provide jobs for them in technical positions at various New Jersey companies. They say Patel issued payroll checks and forced the immigrants to pay the proceeds back to him.

Patel also overstated his payroll expenses on federal tax returns and under-reported his tax obligation by more than $400,000.

Patel pleaded guilty to conspiracy and filing a false federal tax return. He’s required to pay back the IRS more than $400,000.

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