WASHINGTON: An Indian-origin man, who has been charged in the US with fraud and aggravated identity theft for obtaining two H-1B visas by false immigration documents, has rejected the allegations.
“No Grand Jury has indicted me. I have categorically rejected all the charges and I have requested a Grand Jury. No evidence has been shared with me and there has been no trial yet (we did not even had a pre-trial yet).
“It is, therefore, very unfortunate that the US Attorney’s office has chosen to release this information without the trial and due diligence,” 49-year-old Abhijit Prasad said in a statement.
According to a release issued by US Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California, the federal grand jury returned a 33-count indictment on December 23 against Mr Prasad of Tracy, California, charging him with 31 counts of visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, Prasad filed 31 petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant visas containing false statements, made under penalty of perjury, as to purported work projects to be performed at various locations in California.