Friday, May 22, 2015



9 K-State students charged with visa fraud



Nine K-State students from Nepal were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on federal charges of visa fraud.

The indictment alleges the students conspired to maintain their non-immigrant visas by making false statements that they possessed the required funds to pursue their studies and support themselves and their dependents.

Those named in the indictment are: Mahendra Thapa, 33, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and one count of visa fraud; Khem Acharya, 41, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud; Raj Kumar Dani, 37, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud; Santosh Ghimire, 37, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and one count of visa fraud; Lila Ballav Pandey, 41, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud; Laxman Pokhrel, 37, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and two counts of visa fraud; Keshar Prasain, 38, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud; Govind Paneru, 32, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud; and, Narayan Chapagain, 43, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud.

The indictment alleges that beginning in the fall of 2008, all nine students obtained financial resources from other Nepalese students for the purpose of receiving statements from financial institutions to support their false claims that each personally had the needed funds to maintain their visa.

Officials said that after obtaining a notarized bank letter, the nine students returned the funds 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway is prosecuting.

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