Indian national Harpushpinder Singh sentenced for smuggling illegal immigrants in New York

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Singh is sentenced to time served (nine months in jail) and one year of post-imprisonment supervised release.

Richmond Hill, Queens,-resident Harpushpinder Singh was sentenced on Friday to time served (nine months in jail) by US District Judge Mae A D’Agostino. An Indian citizen, Singh will also serve one year of post-imprisonment supervised release.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Chief Patrol Agent John C. Pfeifer, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.

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46-year-old Singh was convicted in October 2016 for transporting two Indian citizens who were in the country illegally. Apparently, Singh was transporting the illegal aliens from Champlain, New York, until he encountered the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on Interstate 87 in North Hudson, New York.  During his three-day trial in 2016, it was found that Singh was in knowledge that the aliens were illegal residents in America.

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Singh had been incarcerated since his arrest on June 12, 2016. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the US Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Douglas Collyer.