The US Department of Justice has sentenced two Indian nationals to 17 months for their roles in smuggling foreign nationals into the US.
Acting US Attorney William E Fitzpatrick said that Nilesh Kumar Patel, 42, and Harshad Mehta, 67, were sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to illegally transport foreign nationals into the US via commercial airline flights.
Both Nilesh and Harshad had pleaded guilty to the charges in January. Judge Martini imposed the sentences yesterday in Newark federal court.
They admitted that on July 24, 2014, they brought two Indian nationals to Bangkok, so that they could be transported into the US. They also admitted paying an individual — who was actually an undercover officer — to transport the foreign nationals from Thailand into Newark.
Both of them have also been sentenced to three years of supervised release.