Somerset Man Admits To Role In ‘Pay To Stay’ Scheme

A 26-year-old township man was among two who admitted their roles in a “pay to stay” scheme unraveled by a federal sting.

Harpreet Sachdeva, 26, of Somerset, and Sanjeev Sukhija, 35, of North Brunswick, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to separate informations charging them each with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Sachdiva and Sukhija were among 22 brokers, recruiters and employers arrested in April on charges of enrolling students in the fictional University of Northern New Jersey, allegedly located in Cranford. In reality, the “university” was created as part of a sting operation by Homeland Security Investigations, according to the press release.

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