Washington DC: Indian national made $21 million for fraudulently obtaining H-1B visas, arrested

An Indian was arrested  on charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and for inducing foreign nationals to come to the United States using fraudulently obtained H-1B visas, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

48-year-old Ashish Sawhney allegedly used four corporations to orchestrate the improper submission of fraudulent applications for H-1B specialty-occupation work visas, he was arrested on Thursday.

He is charged on two counts of conspiracy, three counts of inducing an alien to come to and reside in the US for commercial advantage or private financial gain, and one count of attempted naturalisation fraud.

Sawhney allegedly generated gross profits from 2011 to 2016 of approximately $21 million according to procecutors.

If convicted, Sawhney faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Ashish Sawhney also attempted to naturalise as a US citizen by submitting an application containing false statements, federal prosecutors said.