Nine Nepalese Kansas State Students Indicted For Visa Fraud

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nine Kansas State University students from Nepal have been indicted for VISA fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the nine conspired to maintain their non-immigrant visas by making false statements that they possessed funds to pursue their proposed course of study and support themselves and their dependents.

The students are identified in the indictment as:

Mahendra Thapa, 33, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and one count of visa fraud.

Khem Acharya, 41, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud.

Raj Kumar Dani, 37, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud.

Santosh Ghimire, 37, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and one count of visa fraud.

Lila Ballav Pandey, 41, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud.

Laxman Pokhrel, 37, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and two counts of visa fraud.

Keshar Prasain, 38, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud.

Govind Paneru, 32, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud.

Narayan Chapagain, 43, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud.

The indictment alleges that in the fall of 2008 all nine students obtained temporary possession of funds for the purpose of obtaining statements from financial institutions to support their false claims that each the needed funds required under VISA regulations. Each of the students temporarily obtained funds from fellow Nepalese students and deposited the funds in their bank accounts.

After receiving a notarized bank letter, they returned the money to the other students.

If convicted, each of the defendants faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security investigated the case.


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