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US NRI convicted for undisclosed HSBC accounts in India
Report dated 25/08/2012 @ 2:30 PM
Arvind Ahuja of Wisconsin has been convicted on federal tax charges for failing to disclose offshore bank accounts maintained in India and France, accounts he managed with the assistance of bankers who worked at an HSBC representative office in Delhi.
Ahuja transferred millions of dollars from bank accounts in the US to undeclared accounts at HSBC India and HSBC in the bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency located off the coast of Normandy, France. These accounts earned over $2.7 million in interest income from 2005 to 2009.
The Court said the case is a warning to individuals who think they can use offshore bank accounts to commit tax crimes. HSBC has been at the core of a US crackdown on persons who may be evading US taxes by using offshore accounts, particularly in India.
US citizens and residents who have a financial account in a foreign country with assets in excess of $10,000 are required to disclose the existence of such an account in their individual income tax returns.
Ahuja's sentencing has been scheduled for January 2013.
NRI maid subjected to servitude in US
Report dated 20/08/2012 @ 12:46 PM
Annie George is accused of keeping an illegal immigrant from India, as a servant in her New York mansion, and in an effort to get the maid legal status to remain in the US, she says the woman is a prosecution witness.
Prosecutors say the woman who faces a federal felony charge, kept her emigre servant known only as V.M.overworked, underpaid and essentially captive for several years. She is a widow from India who worked for George, her late husband and six children for five years. Prosecutors say V.M. is due some $240,000 in wages and $79,000 in overtime based on the minimum wage.
Immigration investigators removed her in May 2011, after her son in India called the National Human Trafficking Resources Center.
George 47 is accused of harboring an illegal immigrant for private financial gain, a crime punishable by up to 10 years prison. She has pleaded not guilty.
V.M. was hired by George's husband Mathai Kolath George in 2006 to work for his family as a live-in domestic helper for $1000 a month.
Mathai George of India, who built a hotel and real estate development business in the US, was killed in 2009 along with his 11year-old son and another man when their private plane crashed after takeoff.
According to athorities their call center has received 24500 calls from survivors of sex and labour trafficking in 2008 and have recorded 340 domestic servitude situations with high indicators that the cases constitute trafficking.
UK NRI arrested for murder of London oil executive
Report dated 17/08/2012 @ 8:07 PM
An unemployed Wembley resident, Rakesh Bhayani 40, has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the sensational killing of Carole Waugh, an oil executive, whose decomposed body was found in a car in a south-west London garage. Bhayani has also been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud for withdrawing some 280,000 pounds from the account of Waugh, aged 50.
Nicholas Kutner 47, has also been charged with the murder and conspiracy to commit fraud with Bhayani, including falsely representing that he was the deceased's brother and entitled to sell her property and for unlawfully withdrawing funds from her account.
Carole had been reported missing some weeks ago and a post-mortem examination found that she died from a stab wound. Carole who some suggested was also an 'escort', was last seen in central London three months before. She was originally from Durham and earlier worked in the Middle East. She lived in Marylebone.
US NRI 'godman' arrested for rape in Mumbai
Report dated 09/08/2012 @ 6:38 PM
Vikram Dravid 37, was arrested for raping and cheating an NRI married woman aged 37, who he claimed was the reincarnation of a goddess and whom he raped over a period of four years.
The victim claimed in her complaint that Dravid first raped her in 2008 in an apartment owned by his family in Colaba. He told her he was the devotee of a God and she was the reincarnation of the God's wife. Dravid also made the woman buy him expensive gifts that would increase her chances of being blessed.
After the complaint was registered police arrested Dravid who has been remanded to police custody.
The woman's husband had earlier approached the metropolitan magistrate's court and filed a case of adultery against Dravid claiming the incident took place at the home of his wife's parents.
Dravid said he did not force himself upon the woman whom he met in the US in 2001. She is a software executive and Dravid is a qualified doctor !
Punjab police registers complaint 7 years after NRI deserts wife
Report dated 06/08/2012 @ 6:13 PM
After seven years, Naresh Rani 33, the deserted wife of NRI Hussan Lal, was finally able to get an FIR registered against her husband and six of his family members, upon the direction of the Inspector General of Jalandhar. She alleged that the Superintendent of Police threatened her to compromise with her in-laws or drop their names from the FIR.
Rani had earlier filed a case of domestic violence with a local court which ordered police to recover her dowry items. Then too police failed to comply with the instructions of the court.
Rani married Hussan in 2004 and a few months later he began harassing her, then left for Italy. The in-laws started to abuse her physically and her many complaints to the police were ignored.
A case has finally been registered and is being investigated with the help of a cabinet minister.