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Patel arrested on charges of bribery to US government official for entry visa


NRI arrested on charges of attempting to pay $60,000 for a multiple entry visa


New Jersey, July 26, 2007
Suresh Patel

NRI, Jiguveshkumar G. Patel, 26, of Belma, convenience store owner was arrested on charges he attempted to pay $40,000 to a U.S. Department of State employee, in exchange for a multiple entry visa for his business partner's son who was unable to obtain a visa to travel to the United States.

Patel can get a jail of 15 years and a fine of up to $250,000, if convicted.

U.S. Magistrate Ann Marie Donio released the Patel on a $50,000 bond secured by property.

According to local news paper, Patel became aware that the daughter of a patron worked for "Immigration. He approached the patron and offered to pay the individual's daughter initially $20,000, and later $40,000, for a visa to get his partner's son out of India and into this country.

Patel told an undercover agent, who was posing as the patron's daughter, that the son was interested in a multiple visa.