Nine students from Nepal attending Kansas State University were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Topeka on charges of visa fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
The indictment alleges:
The indicted students from the South Asia country are: Mahendra Thapa, 33; Khem Acharya, 41; Raj Kumar Dani, 37; Santosh Ghimire, 37; Lila Ballav Pandey, 41; Laxman Pokhrel, 37; Keshar Prasain, 38; Govind Paneru, 32; and Narayan Chapagain, 43.
If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The state department and homeland security participated in the investigation.