California asylum fraud convictions upheld

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Updated: 6/25 9:35 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of three attorneys and two interpreters who were found guilty of operating a long-running immigration fraud scheme.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday did order a resentencing for four of the defendants, concluding they participated in one conspiracy rather than several. Attorney Jagdip Sekhon's 5-year prison sentence will be reconsidered along with the 2 ½ year prison sentence for lawyer Manjit Rai.

Interpreters Iosif Caza and Luciana Harmath were each sentenced to less than a year in prison will also have their sentences recalculated.

The 9-year prison sentence for lawyer Jagprit Sekhon was affirmed.

The five were convicted of filing numerous asylum applications containing false stories of persecution that their clients had supposedly suffered in their home countries.

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