Edison & Iselin Indian News Corner


August 09, 2019 - Former Jersey City resident and fugitive Rajendra Patel (62) pleaded guilty today to defrauding five freight brokers out of $2.6 million in an elaborate shipping scam.........Read More

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August 05, 2019 - Tracy, CA Indian IT Staffing Company operator Abhijit Prasad (52) was convicted of 21 counts of H-1B visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft today by a federal grand jury.

According to the evidence presented at the trial in San Francisco........Read More

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August 05, 2019 -Parlin, New Jersey Indian Vikas Patel (36) was arrested in Lyndhurst Township Sunday, August 4, 2019 after cocaine was allegedly found in his silver two-door BMW with tinted windows during a traffic stop........Read More

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August 03, 2019 -The 15th Annual Oak Tree Road India Day Parade will start around 1PM at the intersection of Oak Tree Road and Cinder Road (behind Lincoln Technical Institute) in Edison and go down Oak Tree Road and end around 8PM at Middlesex Ave in Iselin........Read More

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August 01, 2019 - Suresh Rawal (65), an Indian Math Tutor and resident of East Windsor, NJ was arrested yesterday and charged with inappropriately touching a 15-year old student.

According to Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Suresh Rawal inappropriately touched a 15-year-old student.......Read More

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July 31, 2019 - A Pakistan Day Parade and Festival will be celebrated on Oak Tree Road in Edison / Iselin on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

This is the fifth year that Edison, NJ Pakistanis have organized a parade on Oak Tree Road,.......Read More

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July 29, 2019 - Indian IT Consultant Shivanand Maharaj (39) of Cresskill, NJ was found guilty of honest services wire fraud, paying kickbacks in connection with an employee benefit plan by a jury today in Manhattan federal court.

The federal jury after a two week trial convicted Shivanand Maharaj on.......Read More

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July 21, 2019 - The 2019 Ganesh Festival is celebrated from September 2 to September 8, 2019.

And, 2019 Ganesh Utsav near Oak Tree Road like the earlier years will once again feature a 14-ft tall idol of Lord Ganesh.......Read More

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July 21, 2019 - Like their fellow Desis, New Jersey Indians believe that once you surrender to Lord Ganesh and prostrate at his feet, good things start raining and all obstacles including H1-B Visa approval and renewal, OPT, Green Card processing problems vanish into thin air.

The 2019 New Jersey Ganesh Utsav celebrations will be held.......Read More

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July 21, 2019 - The 2019 NYC Ganesh Utsav festival celebrations are scheduled to take place at YMCA – Padavan-Preller Fields in Bellerose,........Read More

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July 17, 2019 - Bail bondswoman and hotel owner Hema Patel (51) from McAllen, TX was sentenced today to three years of imprisonment for smuggling illegal aliens from Indian in Central Islip, NY federal court.

Besides the three year imprisonment, Hema Patel was ordered by the court to forfeit her:.......Read More

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July 13, 2019 - The annual Indian Independence Day celebrations in Jersey City this year are scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2019.

The 2019 India Day celebrations will be held.......Read More

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July 11, 2019 - Hedge fund founder, CEO & CIO Anilesh Ahuja (51) and former trader Jeremy Shor (44) of Premium Point Investments (PPI) were found guilty today of securities fraud-related offenses in Manhattan federal court.

New Rochelle, NY resident Anilesh Ahuja and Jeremy Shor of New York, NY were convicted after a six-week trial in Manhattan federal court.......Read More

July 9, 2019 - Indian national Bhavin Patel (39) was sentenced today in Newark federal court to 12 months and one day in prison for his role in smuggling six Indian nationals into United States.

Bhavin Patel previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to smuggle foreign nationals into the United States for private financial gain....Read More

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July 3, 2019 - Four executives of New Jersey based Indian IT staffing and consultancy companies, Procure Professionals and Krypto IT Soultions, have been arrested in June 2019 on charges of fraudulently using the H-1B visa program to gain an unfair advantage over competitors.

The four Indian IT staffing company executives are:
Venkataramana Mannam, Fernando Silva and Vijay Mane appeared........ Read More

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June 13, 2019 - A seven year old girl Gurupreet Kaur from Punjab, India was found diseased 17 miles west of Lukeville near the Arizona-Mexico border.

Gurupreet Kaur, according to U.S. Border Patrol, had reportedly been traveling with her mother and three other women dropped near the international boundary by human smugglers. ........Read More

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June 05, 2019 - Venkata S. Meenavalli (49), of India and CEO of purported cryptocurrency company Longfin is indicted today on charges of accounting fraud.

Venkata S. Meenavalli was indicted by NJ U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito in Newark for allegedly orchestrating an accounting scheme to defraud investors and others by recognizing more than $66 million in fake revenue in the company’s public filings........Read More

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June 04, 2019 - The body of missing Parsippany, NJ Indian software professional Avinash Kuna (32) was recovered by state police around 6:09PM on June 3, 2019 from Henderson Cove on Lake Hopatcong.........Read More

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June 01, 2019 - Wondering, who is Navneeth Murali and what is Ischiocerite?

Who is Navneeth Murali
Well, Navneeth Murali is one of the four Indian-American kids from New Jersey.......Read More

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May 31, 2019 - Mamunar Khan a.k.a Mumunar Khan (59) co-owner of Deshi Bazaar Halal grocery store in Queens was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges of arson.......Read More

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May 31, 2019 - New Jersey Indian-Americans Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill and Christopher Serrao of Whitehouse Station made history by jointly winning the 2019 Spelling Championship along with six other spelling bee contestants. ......Read More

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May 31, 2019 - Seven Indian-Americans Rishik Gandhasri of California, Saketh Sundar of Maryland, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali and Rohan Raja of Texas, Shruthika Padhy and Christopher Serrao of New Jersey and an American Erin Howard of Alabama made history by jointly winning the 2019 Spelling Bee Championship......Read More

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May 30, 2019 - Navneeth Murali of Edison, NJ and Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, NJ are among the 16 spellers who made it to 2019 Spelling Bee finals competition.

* Navneeth Murali (13) is a seventh grade student from Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Edison, NJ.

* Shruthika Padhy (13) is an eighth grade student from Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ.

* Christopher Serrao (13) is a seventh grade student from Whitehouse Station, NJ.

Including the three New Jersey Indians, a total of nine Desis are vying for the 2019 National Spelling Bee championship.....Read More

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May 29, 2019 - The three Indian-American kids who made it to 2019 Spelling Bee finals are:

* Aritra Banerjee (12) is a sixth grade student from Auten Road Intermediate School in Hillsborugh, NJ.

* Navneeth Murali (13) is a seventh grade student from Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Edison, NJ.

* Shruthika Padhy (13) is an eighth grade student from Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ. .....Read More

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May 25, 2019 - Eight New Jersey Indian kids are among the 565 vying for 2019 Spelling Bee Championship to be held in Washington DC from May 27-30.

A total of 16 kids from New Jersey are competing for the 2019 national Spelling Bee championship.....Read More

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May 24, 2019 - Gunjt Malhotra (30) of Ghaziabad, India, and Gurjeet Singh (22) and Jas Pal (54) of Queens, NY were charged in million dollar computer repair fraud scheme targeted at elders today..... Read More

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May 24, 2019 - An unnamed New York City Indian is among 31 criminal aliens arrested by the New York office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations during the five day “Public Safety” operation from May 9-23, 2019.

Besides the Indian national,..................Read More

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May 23, 2019 - Kashmir Singh (42), a ride-share driver from Elmwood Park, NJ is charged today with luring, attempted sexual assault and attempted endangering the welfare of a child.. ........Read More

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May 14, 2019 - Amit Govil (58) of New Brunswick, NJ sentenced today to 27 months in prison for under-reporting his income on his personal tax return..................Read More

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May 13, 2019 - New Jersey and a coalition of 43 other States have filed an antitrust lawsuit on May 12, 2019 accusing 20 generic drug companies of conspiring to artificially inflate the prices of over one hundred generic drugs, in violation of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws.................Read More

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May 12, 2019 - Nirav Patel (39), Hoboken, NJ resident and real estate and business investor indicted on May 8, 2019 by New Jersey state grand jury for allegedly stealing $750,000................Read More

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May 11, 2019 - An Indian national, Mr. Simratpal Singh (21), who was in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the La Paz County Jail in Arizona passed away on May 3, 2019...............Read More

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April 16, 2019 - Indian student Vishwanath Akuthota (27) of Albany, NY pleaded guilty today to causing damage to computers owned by The College of St. Rose.

According to the charges filed in the case, Akuthota, a citizen of India on a US Student Visa, used “USB Killer Device” on February 14, 2019 to destroy computer equipment and caused more than $58,000 in damage to The College of St. Rose..............Read More

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April 8, 2019 - Iselin, NJ Indian Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” (67) pleaded guilty today to one count of attempted naturalization fraud.

Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” was charged with naturalization fraud in August, 2018 after a fingerprint examiner concluded .......Read More

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April 5, 2019 - Mohan S. Saini (63), of Arlington, MA resident was sentenced to three days in jail (time served) yesterday for transporting an illegal alien Anil Singh within the United States.

In addition to three-day jail term, Saini was slapped with three years of supervised release, 100 hours of community service,.............Read More

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April 03, 2019 - An Indian national, Ubaidullah Abdulrashid Radiowala a.k.a. Obed Radiowala, is removed by the Newark (NJ) office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) yesterday for immigration violations.............Read More

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March 28, 2019 - Jayesh Patel (49), co-owner of Econo Lodge Inn & Suites near Syracuse airport, and Munchies convenience store in Solvay, NY pleaded guilty today to money laundering and selling crack cocaine.............Read More

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March 27, 2019 - Sowrabh Sharma (34), owner of IT Staffing companies SCM Data Inc. and MMC Systems Inc. was sentenced to 15 months in prison today for his role in using phony documents to fraudulently obtain H1-B visas for foreign workers and submitting false tax returns.............Read More

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March 25, 2019 - Dr. Ramesh Sarvaiya (64), operator of Liberation Way, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization with treatment centers in Yardley, Bala Cynwyd, and Fort Washington, PA charged today with health care fraud............Read More

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March 23, 2019 - Anjaneyulu Katam (46), a Rochester, NY resident and co-owner of Indian IT companies Prosoft and Reliance IT Services was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison March 22, 2019 for securing illegal H-1B visas for Indian nationals.

Located in Monroe county, both Prosoft and Reliance offer IT staffing and consulting services through petitioning H1-B visas for beneficiaries residing in India.

While Anjaneyulu Katam was President of Prosoft, Reliance IT Services was managed by his wife Mahalakshmi Cheruvu...............Read More

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March 14, 2019 - Indian national Bhavin Patel (38) pleaded guilty today in Newark for his role in smuggling six Indian nationals into United States via Newark Liberty International Airport...........Read More

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March 5, 2019 - Ajay Barthwal (43), co-owner of Old Bridge Drugs & Surgicals a retail pharmacy in Old Bridge, NJ pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy to commit tax evasion..........Read More

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February 6, 2019 - New Jersey Indian IT consultant Narsan Lingala (55) of Middlesex County and his ex-girlfriend Sandya Reddy (52) were charged on February 6, 2019, over an alleged plot to pay a purported hitman to kill Narsan’s estranged wife.........Read More

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February 5, 2019 - Neeraj Sharma (43), Piscataway, NJ resident and owner and chief executive officer of Indian IT staffing company Magnavision arrested today for allegedly submitting 11 fraudulent H-1B visa applications as well as fraudulently procuring his own citizenship........Read More

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February 4, 2019 - Amit Govil (58) of New Brunswick, NJ pleaded guilty today to an indictment charging him with making and subscribing a false tax return.......Read More

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December 13, 2018 - Two Indian nationals, Aditya Raj and Jitesh Jadav, are among the five men indicted by a grand jury in Los Angeles on December 12, 2018 for allegedly distributing or offering stolen digital versions of Hollywood motion pictures and TV Shows for sale prior to their official release.........Read More

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December 13, 2018 - Parmjit “Paul” Parmar (48), Pavandeep Bakhshi (41), Ravi Chivukula (44) of Colts Neck, New Jersey, United Kingdom, Weehawken and Freehold, New Jersey respectively were indicted December 13, 2018 in an elaborate $300 million investment fraud scheme........Read More

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November 12, 2018 - The outdoor ice skating rink in Edison is now open for the 15th season.

Located in Roosevelt Park adjacent to the Menlo Park Mall on Parsonage Road, Edison's Family Outdoor Ice Skating Rink offers recreation and fun for the entire family....Read More

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October 26, 2018 - Indian student and Fanwood, NJ resident Paras Jha was ordered to pay 8.6million in restitution today for launching a cyber-attack on the Rutgers University computer network in 2016.

In addition to the whopping 8.6million in restitution, Paras Jha was also slapped with six-months home incarceration by Trenton, NJ Federal Court for violating the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act......Read More

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October 16, 2018 - Rao Desu (51), co-owner of DVS Pharma Inc. (d/b/a Heights Pharmacy) a retail pharmacy in Piscatway, NJ charged today with conspiracy to defraud IRS.

Desu, a resident of Warren, NJ was charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud the IRS....Read More

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September 19, 2018 - Popular Indian festival Diwali a.k.a Deepavali is celebrated across the towns and cities of New Jersey from Demarest to Edison, Morganville, Secacus, Jersey City, Princeton, Bridgewater, Mahwah, Maplewood, North Brunswick, Cherry Hill etc.

Though the actual Diwali Fireworks and Festival of Lights falls on November 6 & 7, 2018, the celebrations across the state of New Jersey are set begin in early October it self.

Diwali: Festival of Lights celebration includes burning the effigy of demon king Narakasura on the first day, Lakshmi Puja and fireworks display on the second day and is concluded with Govardhan Puja and Annakut Mahotsav,....Read More

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September 14, 2018 - New Jersey 2018 Dasara Navratri Utsav is celebrated in the month of October on Newark Avenue in Jersey City as well as in Edison, New Jersey.

Also known as Devi Navratri and Dushahra, the nine day festival is celebrated by performing puja to Goddess Durga....Read More

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September 14, 2018 - Edison's Indian community will celebrate the Hindu festival Dasara Navratri on Ocober 13, 2018.

Dasara festival this year is celebrated from October 9-18, 2018....Read More

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August 16, 2018 - Iselin, Middlesex County NJ Indian Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” (66) was arrested August 16, 2018 for allegedly trying to fraudulently obtain citizenship.

Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” was charged with one count of naturalization fraud .......Read More

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August 06, 2018 - Like their fellow Indians, NJ Desis believe that once you surrender to Ganesh and prostrate at his feet, good things start raining and all obstacles including H1-B Visa, Green Card processing problems vanish into thin air..

The 2018 Ganesh Festival is celebrated.......Read More

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August 06, 2018 - Come September, get ready for annual celebration of Ganesh Utsav this year at the Woodbridge Center Mall near Oak Tree Road.

The 2018 Ganesh Festival is celebrated from September.......Read More

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July 29, 2018 - India Day Parade on Oak Tree Road in Edison / Iselin this year is scheduled for Sunday, August 12, 2018.........Read More

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July 21, 2018 - An unnamed Middlesex County, NJ Indian is among 37 criminal aliens arrested by the Newark (NJ) office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations during the five day “Public Safety” operation from July 9-13, 2018........Read More

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July 9, 2018 - The annual Indian Independence Day celebrations in Jersey City this year are scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2018.

The 2018 India Day celebrations will be held four days prior to the actual date of Indian Independence Day.......Read More

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May 16, 2018 - Parmjit “Paul” Parmar (48), Sotirios “Sam” Zaharis (51) and Ravi Chivukula (44) of Colts Neck, Weehawken and Freehold, New Jersey respectively were charged May 16, 2018 in an elaborate $300 million investment fraud scheme.......Read More

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April 10, 2018 - There was a time in the distant past when Linux was hard for average consumers to use.

Linux systems had no decent graphical user interface and you had to wade your way through the arcane thicket of the terminal syntax.

Unsurprisingly, in what I consider Linux’ Pleistocene years the operating system was relegated to universities and corporate data-centers where it (along with its Unix predecessors) did the heavy lifting that Windows could not even dream about........Read More

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February 2, 2018 - Sowrabh Sharma (33), owner of IT Staffing companies SCM Data Inc. and MMC Systems Inc. pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court for using phony documents to fraudulently obtain H1-B visas for foreign workers and submitting false tax returns......Read More

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Sat Verma Sentenced to Prison for Credit Card Fraud
January 31, 2018 - Iselin, NJ resident Sat Verma (65) was sentenced to one year in prison January 30, 2018 in $200 Million international credit card fraud conspiracy.

Sat Verma previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of access device fraud.

According to documents filed and statements made in court:
Verma was originally charged in February 2013 as part of a conspiracy to fabricate more than 7,000 false identities to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards. He is one of the last 22 defendants to be sentenced in this scheme.

The scheme involved a three-step process in which the defendants would make up a false identity by creating fraudulent identification documents and a phony credit profile with the major credit bureaus; pump up the credit of the false identity by providing bogus information about that identity’s creditworthiness; then borrow or spend as much as they could without repaying the debts. The scheme caused more than $200 million in confirmed losses to businesses and financial institutions.

The scope of the criminal fraud enterprise required the conspirators to construct an elaborate network of false identities. Across the country, the conspirators maintained more than 1,800 “drop addresses,” including houses, apartments and post office boxes, which they used as the mailing addresses for the false identities.

... Verma admitted he effected transactions with access devices issued to another person.
Besides the one year prison term, Sat Verma of Iselin, NJ was sentenced to three years of supervised release, ordered to forfeit $270,000 and fined $1,000.

Other Iselin Indian Criminals
In addition to Sat Verma, Indian jewelry store Raja Jewelers owner Vijay Verma (Iselin, NJ) was also sentenced to prison in the $200 Million international credit card fraud conspiracy.

Vijay Verma was sentenced to 14 months in prison and was also ordered to forfeit $451,258.87 along with his co-owner Tarsem Lal (Iselin, NJ).

Court Documents & Post Related to 200 Million Credit Card Fraud
Iselin NJ Indian Jeweler Going to Prison
Iselin Indian Crooks Forfeit $451,259
Vijay Verma, Tarsem Lal $451,259 Forfeiture Judgement
Vijay Verma Indictment
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January 5, 2018 - Indian doctor Vijaykumar Krishnappa (29) was sentenced to 90 days in prison.....Read More

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December 14, 2017 - Indian student and Fanwood, NJ resident Paras Jha (21) pleaded guilty December 13, 2017 to three computer crimes involving cyber attacks on Rutgers University, creation of malicious software and Botnets.....Read More

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November 9, 2017 - Indian doctor Vijaykumar Krishnappa (29) pleaded guilty November 8, 2017, to assaulting a sleeping minor girl on a United Airlines Seattle-Newark (NJ) flight.

According to court documents:...Read More

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August 25, 2017 - Edison's Indian community will celebrate the Hindu festival Dasara Navratri on September 30, 2017 on the last day of nine-day festival.

Dasara festival this year is from September 20-30, 2017.

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August 2, 2017 - A 16-year-old girl has alleged that her co-passenger Vijaykumar Krishnappa groped her on a United Airlines Seattle-Newark (NJ) flight on July 23, 2017.

Following the young girl’s complaint, 28-year-old Krishnappa was arrested by FBI agents on July 23, 2017...Read More

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July 25, 2017 - A Pakistan Day Parade and Festival will be celebrated on Oak Tree Road in Edison / Iselin on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

This is the third time Pakistanis have organized a parade on Oak Tree Road, the business hub in Middlesex County with dozens of stores and restaurants that cater to immigrants from South Asia.....Read More

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July 24, 2017 - India Day Parade on Oak Tree Road in Edison / Iselin this year is scheduled for Sunday, August 13, 2017.

India Day Parade is organized annually to celebrate India's Independence Day on August 15........Read More

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July 24, 2017 - The annual Indian Independence Day celebrations in Jersey City this year are scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017.

The 2017 celebrations will be held three days prior to the actual date of Indian Independence Day.........Read More

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May 31, 2017 -Prepare yourself for an early celebration of Ganesh Utsav this year at the Woodbridge Center Mall near Oak Tree Road.

The 2017 Ganesh Festival is celebrated from August 25, 2017 to August 29, 2017.......Read More

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May 3, 2017 - New Jersey desi Tejas Patel (36) of North Bergen has been arrested by the Fairfield Police Department on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for third-degree endangerment of the welfare of a child......Read More

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April 18, 2017 - History of an unsavory kind was made Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in America when 27-year-old Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel made it to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List......Read More

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December 23, 2016 - Windsor, NJ resident Ganesh Parkar (40) is in big trouble over criminal charges filed against him for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman passenger on an Air India Flight.....Read More

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December 11, 2016 - ..Besides a Consulate building, the new Hyderabad complex will include a Marine Security Guard Residence, support buildings and facilities for Consulate community.

The U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad is currently housed in Paigah Palace on Chiran Fort Lane in Begumpet, Secunderabad.....Read More

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September 5, 2016 - Edison's Indian community will celebrate the Hindu festival Dasara Navratri on October 1, 2016.

Dasara festival this year is from October 1 - 11, 2016.

Edison Dasara Festival 2016 image © OakTreeroad.us
Dushahra Navratri Festival - October 1, 2016
The 2016 Dushahra Navratri festival celebrations are scheduled to take place on October 1 at Lake Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Blvd, Edison NJ 08817 across the street from Edison City Hall....Read More

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August 25, 2016 - The 2016 New Jersey Ganesh Utsav will not be celebrated on Oak Tree Road in Edison unlike earlier years.

Instead, the venue of 2016 Ganesh Utsav has been moved to Newark Avenue in Jersey City.

New Jersey Ganesh Utsav 2016 Sept 5-11 image © OakTreeroad.usGanesh - Remover of Obstacles
Ganesh Utsav festival will be celebrated from September 5-11, 2016 on Newark Avenue in Jersey City this year.

14ft Ganesh Idol
Like the previous years, 2016 Ganesh Utsav on Newark Avenue in Jersey City will include a 14ft idol of Ganapati.

Admission to Ganesh Utsav 2016 is free.

Scheduled from September 5-11, 2016, the Ganpati festival will include regular poojas, aarti and various cultural programs.

Aarti is performed three times and darshan to Ganesh is available from 10AM-10PM daily.

Ganesh Utsav 2016 Location: 792 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

Related Information
New Jersey Ganesh Utsav 2016

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August 7, 2016 - India Day Parade on Oak Tree Road in Edison / Iselin this year is scheduled for Sunday, August 14, 2016.

India Day Parade is organized annually to celebrate India's Independence Day on August 15.....Read More

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Pakistan Day Parade 2016 on Oak Tree Road

July 23, 2016 - A Pakistan Day Parade and Festival will be celebrated on Oak Tree Road in Edison / Iselin on August 21, 2016.

This is the second time Pakistanis have organized a parade on Oak Tree Road, the business hub in Middlesex County with dozens of stores and restaurants that cater to immigrants from South Asia.

Indians, of course, have been celebrating India Independence Day through parades and floats for several years now.

Pakistan Day Parade - Details
Pakistan Day Parade starts @ 12PM at Shezan restaurant at 1673 Oak Tree Road in Edison, and will end at the intersection of Oak Tree Road and Middlesex Avenue in Iselin.

Like last year, the second Pakistan Day parade will include floats and bands depicting the culture of Pakistan.

Pakistan Day festival also includes live music, cultural celebrations and food vendors serving Pakistani cuisine on Middlesex Ave in Iselin.

If you plan on visiting, get there early because parking around Oak Tree Road will be tight.

Oak Tree Road is home to a few restaurants like Sunshine Palace, Shalimar Grill and Kandahar serving Pakistani and Afghani food. Celebrate Pakistani Independence Day with a plate of Kebabs, Chicken Biryani and a glass of Kashmir Tea during your visit to the area.

Related Information
Parking on Oak Tree Road
Getting There

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January 20, 2016 - Akshat Mehta will receive the coveted Eagle Scout rank on January 30, 2016 following his completion of an important project that greatly enhanced the music program at J. P. Stevens High School on Grove Avenue in Edison (NJ).

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Scouting program of...Read More

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January 12, 2016 - The TD Bank at 2064 Oak Tree Road in Edison was robbed Saturday, January 9.

Edison Police said a Black man handed a note to one of the tellers demanding cash...Read More

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December 17, 2015 - This festive season, the Indian Business Association of Iselin has brought Christmas to the Oak Tree Road area.

A Christmas tree has been set up at India Square near Oak Tree Road, the major Indian shopping hub in New Jersey....Read More

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Edison Police Dept. Recruiting Police Officers
September 28, 2015 - Attention Oak Tree Road desis, here's your chance to wear a police uniform and impress your girlfriend, wife, auntie, uncle, friends and family.

The Edison Police Department is looking for Auxiliary Police Officers.

Edison Police Dept Auxiliary Police Officers with Anil Kapoor image © OakTreeroad.us
Edison Auxiliary Police Officers with Anil Kapoor
(Image Courtesy: Edison Police Dept.)
Here are the details of the recruitment:

Postion: Auxiliary Police Officers

Duties: Assist with traffic control functions, crowd control and security, road closures, extra patrols in public parks and properties, and call outs for emergency or disaster situations

Qualifications: 18 years and older, a US Citizen, possessing a high school diploma or G.E.D, good physical condition, possess a valid N.J. Driver’s License and able to pass a criminal background check and interview. Applicants should be Edison Residents or from towns within close proximity to Edison Township that do not have Auxiliary Police Officers of their own

How to Apply: Contact Sgt. Robert J. Dudash Jr., Auxiliary Police Liaison at 732-248-6442 or e-mail rdudash@edisonpd.org. Download Applications Edison Township Website: www.edisonnj.org or www.edisonpoliceaux.com

Last Date: Completed applications must be mailed or dropped off to the Edison Police Department, Police Administration Bureau, 100 Municipal Blvd. Edison, NJ. 08817, Attention: Sgt. Robert J. Dudash Jr., Auxiliary Police Liaison. Applications must be submitted by 4PM on October 30, 2015 for 2016 appointment

Salary: Jeeero i.e. Volunteer Position

Benefits: Pose for Photos with visiting Bollywood Stars

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September 27, 2015 - Bravo Subbu Gundapaneni, Bravo!

I doff my existential Fedora to you!

Truly Sir, You're a savant!

What Hamlet spoke in great dirge of the late King, the much lamented father lately a Ghost, is more apt in your instance, Sir!

He was a man. Take him for all in all.
I shall not look upon his like again.
- Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1
Baby, genuflect before the infinitely superior intellect of Subramaniam Narayana Gundapaneni.

Men like Subbu walk the Earth but seldom.

Gundapaneni Who?

Yo man, who the heck's Subbu Gundapaneni?

Yeah, yeah, I hear the impatient desi dolts shrieking in the stands.

Subbu Gundapaneni's brilliant claim to fame is to file a trademark application for Hyderabad Dum Biryani with the US Patent and Trademark Office....Read More

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September 25, 2015 - Iselin (NJ) businessman Nilay D.Shah, 39, has been arrested on charges of stealing over $52,000 from Wyoming motel owner Ramesh Patel.

Patel placed orders for hotel supplies for his motels in Wyoming in January 2014 and made part payments to Nilay Shah's Iselin company d’Hotel Supplies, located on Green St (off Oak Tree Road in Iselin)....Read More

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September 14, 2015 - In retrospect, Jersey City Indian restaurant Eggomania should have stayed under the radar and not bothered to try to register a trademark.

But hindsight is always 20/20.

Owned by an Indian-American startup Anubhav, Eggomania operates an egg-focused restaurant at 14 Liberty Avenue in Jersey City and plans to expand to 1546 Oak Tree Road in Edison soon.

Kellogg Opposition
Once Eggomania filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office in September 2014 for the mark "eggomania" the filing went through the usual scrutiny by the agency's attorneys.

In January 2015, the USPTO attorneys considered "eggomania" entitled to registration and published a notice of opposition allowing potentially aggrieved parties to oppose the proposed registration.....Read More

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September 12, 2015 - Sukh Sagar Bhavan Indian vegetarian restaurant at 1546 Oak Tree Road in Iselin has closed.

Started in late 2014, Sukh Sagar Bhavan offered both lunch ($7.99) and dinner ($10.99) buffets.

Despite the lure of Oak Tree Road as the principal shopping and dining destination for Indians across New Jersey, Sukh Sagar Bhavan (which used to be open all 7-days) failed to survive for even a year.

Sukh Sagar was a successor to Volga Indian restaurant......Read More

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September 2, 2015 - Prepare yourself for Ganesh Utsav 2015 celebrations at the JK Golden Mall on Oak Tree Road in Edison.

Ganesh Utsav on Oak Tree Road will once again feature a 14-ft tall idol of Lord Ganesh.

Once you surrender to Ganesh and prostrate at his feet, good things start raining as all obstacles vanish.

Lord Ganesh's blessings guarantee a H1B Visa at the American Embassy ......Read More

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August 14, 2015 - To mark India's Independence Day, the Indo-American Cultural Society is planning a special function on Oak Tree Road in Iselin on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Some members of the Indo-American Cultural Society will hoist India's flag at the First Presbyterian Church (1295 Oak Tree Road)......Read More

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August 2, 2015 - A Pakistan Day Parade and Festival will be celebrated on Oak Tree Road in Edison / Iselin on August 16, 2015.

This is the first time Pakistanis have organized a parade on Oak Tree Road, the business hub in Middlesex County with dozens of stores and restaurants that cater to immigrants from South Asia.......Read More

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Horror! Casinos May Come Near Edison
June 9, 2015 - Clueless Middlesex County politicians are pushing for a casino in Central New Jersey.

Should their plans materialize, the casino will likely come up near Edison, the largest city in Middlesex County.

At present, New Jersey has casinos only in Atlantic City a.k.a dying city (because of closing of multiple casinos in recent years and the consequent layoffs).

As a first step, Middlesex County and Somerset County lawmakers have introduced an amendment for one casino each in Central Jersey and North Jersey.

Other New Jersey counties are also pitching for casinos in their jurisdictions.

Before the proposed casinos can see the light of day, both houses of the Legislature must approve the amendments with three-fifths majorities by August 3, 2015 and then voters must approve the amendment.

Plans to open more casinos in the state when existing ones in Atlantic City are struggling or closing reveal a bankruptcy of ideas among New Jersey legislators.

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June 2, 2015 - H1B Visa and tax fraudster Sandipkumar Patel of Edison (NJ) has been sentenced to 30-months in prison for his crimes.

Patel had previously pleaded guilty on September 4, 2014 to facilitating entry of Indian immigrants illegally into the US by falsifying their employment and visa applications through fraudulent payroll checks and forms.

US District Court Judge William H. Walls handed down the stiff sentence for Sandipkumar Patel in Newark (NJ) on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.....Read More

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Balwinder Singh Killed Near Oak Tree Road
February 12, 2015 - Tragedy struck an Indian family when a savage in a pickup truck killed 41-year-old Balwinder Singh at 11:20PM Tuesday, February 10, 2015 on Wood Avenue near Oak Tree Road in a hit and run incident.

Balwinder died at the scene of the crime.

The driver of the pickup truck fled without stopping to render assistance to Balwinder.

Woodridge Police believe the hit-and-run vehicle is a silver or white, early 2000s model GMC Sierra pickup truck.

If you have any information about this hit-and-run incident, please call Woodbridge Police Department Traffic Unit and speak to Sgt. Eric Nelson or Patrolman Angelo at 732-634-7700.

Balwinder Singh is a resident of Iselin, NJ.

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Oak Tree Rd Jewelry Store Robbed
January 21, 2015 - Two men robbed Gold Palace Jewelry, an Indian jewelry store at 1546 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin NJ 08830, on January 4, 2015.

Police said one of the suspects pistol-whipped an employee to force him to open the jewelry store safe.

One of the perps assaulted the victim multiple times with a handgun leaving him with injuries.

It's not clear if the thieves took only cash or if jewelry was also part of the loot.

Besides gold and diamond jewelry, Gold Palace Jewelry sells coral, rubies and other precious and semi-precious stones.

If you have any information that can help to solve the case, please call Woodbridge Police Dept. Detective Jorge Quesada 732-634-7700 at ext. 2114 or Sgt. John Roesler at ext. 7338
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Shreyans Desai Going to Prison
December 5, 2014 - Edison resident Shreyans Desai has been sentenced to 15-months in prison for defrauding investors.

Desai, 27, who was former President of ShreySiddh Capital LLC of Iselin, confessed before District Judge William Martini of Newark Federal Court to bilking investors of over $250,000.

Besides the prison term, Judge Martini punished Desai with three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $121,250.

New Jersey prosecutors say Shreyans Desai misled investors about the licensing and registration status of his company to get them to give money to him so that he could trade securities on their behalf. Desai then sought to retain control of the funds invested with him by providing investors with inflated values of their investments.

Shreyans is also said to have inflated the amount of commissions he purportedly earned through trading those funds.

Shreyans Desai Court Documents:
Shreyans Desai Plea Agreement with Government
Shreyans Desai Indictment

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Edison Indian Accused of Sexual Abuse
Shyam Sundrani, a motel owner from Edison (NJ), has been accused of sexually abusing a 29-year-old woman.

Shyam's indictment reveals that the alleged incident happened on August 21, 2012 at the Baldwinsville Microtel Inn & Suites in Baldwinsville, NY.

The case is being prosecuted by Onondaga county attorney Susan Azzarelli.

Shyam (49) was arrested on March 28, 2014 and released on bail of $10,000.

His arraignment took place on October 17, 2014.

Shyam Sundrani should be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Navratri Festival on Oak Tree Road
October 3, 2014 - Edison and Iselin Indians will celebrate the Hindu festival Navratri on Oak Tree Road.

Dasara Navratri Festival Edison © image OakTreeRoad.us
Navratri Festival - Oct 3-4, 2014

Navratri festival is scheduled to take place in the bowling alley parking lot (behind RajKamal Indian Restaurant) at the the corner of Minebrook Road and Oak Tree Road in Edison.

The two-day program includes singing bhajans, Garbha dancing and prayer.

Tickets for the program may be purchased at the door or from Indian stores on Oak Tree Road.

Dates - Oct. 3 (Friday) and Oct. 4 (Saturday)
Ticket price - $5 (Friday) $6 (Saturday)
Hours: 8:30PM-1AM

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October 1, 2014 - Desi criminals Vijay Verma and Tarsem Lal of Iselin (NJ) have signed a plea deal with the U.S. government agreeing to the imposition of a criminal forfeiture money judgment of $451,258.87 for participating in a huge credit card fraud scheme.

Verma and Lal also agreed that $374,600.82 in cash seized at Raja Jewelers (Jersey City) by authorities shall be forfeited to the U.S. government as part of the criminal forfeiture money judgment of $451,258.87.

The forfeiture is part of the sentence to be imposed on Verma and Lal.

If all goes according to plan with the forfeiture payments, Vijay Verma will get back $1.9 million in jewelry and gold seized by the government from Raja Jewelers.

Case Background
Vijay Verma and Tarsem Lal were part of a large group that pleaded guilty to participating in a credit card fraud and bank fraud scheme.

Verma used his Jersey City-based Raja Jewelers to carry out the massive credit card fraud involving multiple conspirators. The fraud involving Vijay Verma et al is said to have caused losses of $204 million to businesses and financial institutions.

Vijay Verma Patel, Tarsem Lal Court Documents:
Vijay Verma, Tarsem Lal $451,259 Forfeiture Judgement
Vijay Verma Indictment


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Bear Kills Darsh Patel
September 22, 2014 - Darsh Patel (22) of Edison was mauled and killed by a bear in Apshawa Preserve, a wooded section of West Milford (NJ) in northern New Jersey.

The tragic incident happened on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Patel along with four others were hiking through Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the black bear.

The others managed to escape but Patel fell victim to the bear.

A police search team found Darsh's body at 5:54PM.

Police found a bear nearby and killed it.

Exercise Caution
Bear sightings and encounters are not unusual in New Jersey.

Hikers must exercise great caution when moving around on foot, particularly in wooded parts of the state.

The 576-acre Apshawa Preserve, which includes the 40-acre Butler Reservoir, is popular among hikers and birdwatchers.

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September 5, 2014 - Desi H1B Visa and tax fraudster Sandipkumar Patel of Edison has pleaded guilty to facilitating entry of Indian immigrants illegally into the U.S.

Sandipkumar Patel falsified employment and visa applications of Indian immigrants through fraudulent payroll checks and forms.

H1B Visa Fraud Scheme
According to court documents, Sandipkumar Patel, principal of IT services firm Software Programming and Consulting, Mercury Staffing Inc and Medical Staffing International collected tens of thousands of dollars from Indian immigrants to fraudulently secure and extend H1B Visas......Read More

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14-ft Ganesh Coming to Oak Tree Road
August 4, 2014 - Get ready for Ganesh Utsav celebrations on Oak Tree Road in Edison.

Ganesh Utsav will feature a 14-ft tall idol of Lord Ganesh, a favorite God for millions of Indians.

Scheduled from August 29-August 31, the Ganesh festival will include regular Poojas and cultural programs.

There will be three Aartis daily (10AM, 1PM and 8PM).

Admission to Ganesh Utsav is free.

If you have blessings of Lord Ganesh, nothing can stop you.

Ganesh Utsav Location: JK Golden Mall, 1680 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ.

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Edison Indian Crook's Prison Term Delayed
August 19, 2014 - Desi crook Shreyans Desai's sentencing date has been pushed back.

Edison (NJ) resident Desai, 27, who was former President of ShreySiddh Capital LLC of Iselin, was scheduled to be sentenced on August 13, 2014 for cheating investors of over $250,000.

But for reasons that are not clear the sentencing has been postponed.

Desai - New Sentencing Date
Desai's new sentencing date is October 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM before Judge William J. Martini.

Barring a miracle, Desai will get a prison term of several years for his crime.

Only the exact length of Desai's prison term remains uncertain.

The desi crook has already admitted to bilking investors of over $250,000.

The crime to which Desai has pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 file. The judge may also order Shreyans to pay restitution to the victims and is certain to order forfeiture as well.

Shreyans Desai Court Documents:
Shreyans Desai Plea Agreement with Government
Shreyans Desai Indictment

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Shame - Esha Deol is Grand Marshal
July 26, 2014 - Esha Deol is not only a flop queen of Bollywood but also one of the worst actresses in India.

Yet the India Business Association has picked this creature as Grand Marshal of the 10th India Day Parade 2014 on Oak Tree Road to celebrate India's Independence day.

Esha Deol's only claim to fame is that she happens to be the daughter of Hema Malini and Dharmendra.

In a country of 1.2 billion people are there no talented people that we stoop to pick up dregs like Esha Deol?

Talented Indian-American actor Omi Vaidya will be the Chief Guest of the India Day Parade.

India Day Parade is scheduled for August 10, 2014.

Details
India Day Parade will start at 1:30PM at the intersection of Oak Tree Road and Cinder Road (behind Lincoln Technical Institute) in Edison and go down Oak Tree Road and end at Middlesex Ave in Iselin.

There will be about 25 floats as part of the parade.

Get there early because parking in the Oak Tree Road area is bound to be tight.

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June 20, 2014 - Iselin, NJ resident and Indian jewelry store owner Vijay Verma has pleaded guilty to participating in a credit card fraud scheme.

For his crime, Verma will soon be heading to prison.

Vijay Verma used his New Jersey jewelry store Raja Jewelers to carry out a massive credit card scheme involving multiple conspirators.

The fraud scheme involving Vijay Verma and several others is said to have caused losses of $204 million to businesses and financial institutions.

Vijay Verma is the 18th person to plead guilty to the fraud scheme.

On Friday, June 20, 2014, Vijay Verma pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

The count to which Vijay Verma pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,00 fine, or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense.

Credit Card Fraud Scheme
Court filings say 46-year-old Vijay Verma owned and operated Raja Jewelers located in Jersey City where he allowed co-conspirators to use fraud cards.

Vijay Verma split the proceeds of the phony transactions with conspirators.

Vijay Verma's prison sentencing date is September 25, 2014.

Court Documents on Vijay Verma

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Defeat for Oak Tree Road Business Association


Edison Town Council has awarded Indian Business Association a seven-year contract to run the annual Oak Tree Road Parade in Edison Township.

Indian Business Association's victory is a huge defeat for Oak Tree Road Business Association.

Indians everywhere forever fight over things small and big.

And New Jersey Indian businesses on Oak Tree Road in Edison and Iselin are no different.

For the last four years, Indian Business Association and Oak Tree Road Business Association have been engaged in a bitter fight over the right to organize a parade on Oak Tree road to celebrate Indian Independence Day.

The fight between the two associations has made Indians look like jokers.

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Edison Indian Crook Shreyans Desai Pleads Guilty
Shreyans Desai of Edison, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors.

On May 5, 2014, Desai, 27, former President of ShreySiddh Capital LLC of Iselin admitted before District Judge William Martini of Newark Federal Court to cheating investors out of more than $250,000.

Some of Desai's victims hailed from Edison and Piscataway, both in New Jersey.

According to court filings, Shreyans Desai misled investors about his licensing status and registration status of the company to get them to entrust their money to him so that he could trade securities on their behalf. Desai then sought to retain control of the funds invested with him by providing investors with an inflated value of their investments.

The 27-year-old Edison Indian is also said to have inflated the amount of commissions he purportedly earned through trading those funds.

Desai will be sentenced to prison on August 13, 2014.

The wire fraud to which Desai pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 file.

May Lord Shri Ramji give Shreyans Desai the strength to endure his prison term.

Court Documents: Copy of Shreyans Desai's Court Indictment
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Reporting Suspicious Activity on Oak Tree Road
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Woodbridge Police Notice

Woodbridge Township Police Department is asking Oak Tree Road visitors and businesses to report any suspicious activity to the department by calling 732-634-7700 for non-emergencies.

Please call 911 Only for Emergencies.