New Jersey doctor to pay $650,000 to the victims and $200,000 for one victimâ€™s the treatment
An Indian American doctor in New Jersey has pleaded guilty to harboring two undocumented women from India and failing to pay taxes on their wages, according to a Justice department press release.
Harsha Sahni, 66, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before US District Judge Georgette Castner in Trenton federal court on Feb 16 to an information charging her with one count of conspiracy to conceal and harbor aliens and one count of filing a false tax return.
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According to court documents from 2013 through August 2021, Sahni conspired with others to conceal and harbor two foreign nationals from India, who Sahni recruited to work for Sahni and her family in their homes in New Jersey.
Sahni harbored the victims for her and her conspiratorsâ€™ financial gain and paid the victimsâ€™ families in India in exchange for their labor.
Sahni caused the victims to believe that they would be arrested and deported if they interacted with law enforcement. Sahni instructed the victims to tell other people that they were related to Sahni, and Sahni used fake names and addresses in furtherance of the conspiracy.
From 2013 to 2019, Sahni also failed to pay certain taxes notwithstanding that the victims were Sahniâ€™s household employees.
As a part of the plea agreement, Sahni has agreed to pay the victims a combined $642,212 and has agreed to pay up to $200,000 towards the treatment of one of the victimâ€™s brain aneurysm. Sahni has also agreed to pay restitution to the IRS, the release said.
The count of conspiracy to conceal and harbor aliens carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross profits or other proceeds to Sahni, whichever is greatest.
The count of conspiracy to conceal and harbor aliens carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Sentencing is scheduled for June 20.