Six Indian students jailed in the US

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A U.S. court has sentenced six of the eight Indians arrested in the Farmington University immigration fraud case, as per U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations. The Farmington University was set up by the ICE in Michigan in 2015 as part of its undercover operation to expose immigration fraud. Authorities claimed that international students had enrolled with the university through recruiters to illegally stay in the US.


Santosh Sama has been sent to jail for 24-months while Barath Kakireddy and Suresh Kandala received terms of 18-months each. Avinash Thakkapally was sentenced 15-months in jail, whereas Aswanth Nune and Naveen Prathipati were each handed 12-month jail terms. Accused Prem Rampeesa will be sentenced on 19 November while the eighth accused Phanideep Karnati in January 2020.
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