Nine K-State Students Charged With Visa Fraud

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(WIBW) - Federal prosecutors say nine students at Kansas State University falsified financial information in order to maintain their visas.

The U.S. Attorneys Office says a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday charges the students, who are from Nepal, with visa fraud and conspiracy to commit visa fraud. The indictment alleges the students made false statements that they had the necessary funding to pursue their studies and support themselves and their dependents.

The allegations in the indictment date back to 2008. Prosecutors say the students would would borrow money from fellow Nepalese students, deposit it in their own bank accounts, then get a notarized bank letter supporting their financial status. Once they had that letter in hand, the indictment alleges, they would return the funds to the original students.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

Named in the indictment:
Mahendra Thapa, 33, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and one count of visa fraud.

Khem Acharya, 41, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud.

Raj Kumar Dani, 37, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud.

Santosh Ghimire, 37, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and one count of visa fraud.

Lila Ballav Pandey, 41, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud.

Laxman Pokhrel, 37, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and two counts of visa fraud.

Keshar Prasain, 38, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and four counts of visa fraud.

Govind Paneru, 32, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud.

Narayan Chapagain, 43, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and three counts of visa fraud.


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