Running an extensive foreign student visa fraud scheme prevailing in Iselin and Jersey City got Manamadurai Somalingam, 64, of Pelham, N.Y., 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Following a thorough investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Somalingam pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit visa fraud and conspiring to conceal and harbor illegal aliens for private financial gain.
Somalingam was the owner of a school called PC Tech Learning with campuses in Iselin and Jersey City from March 2011 through May 2012. During this period he conspired to obtain student visas for foreign citizens who were not eligible for the visas. He also admitted that he falsely certified that a woman he hired to work for him at the Jersey City campus of PC Tech was eligible for a student visa even though he knew she would be working full-time and was not eligible. As long as the non-eligible students paid his tuition fees, he never terminated a foreign citizen’s student status, despite knowing that he was required to do otherwise.
Somalingam is scheduled to be sentenced December 5.
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