Six charged in scheme to net immigration visas by faking robberies

Fake robberies took place in Lombard, St. Charles and Lake Villa, prosecutors allege

Six people, including an Illinois resident, are facing federal immigration fraud charges after authorities accused them of faking violent armed robberies throughout the Chicago suburbs.

Prosecutors allege that Parth Nayi, 26, of Woodridge and Kewon Young, 31, of Mansfield, Ohio, organized and participated in the staged armed robberies at restaurants, coffee shops, liquor stores and gas stations in Chicago and suburbs including Lombard, Elmwood Park, St. Charles, Hickory Hills, River Grove, Lake Villa and South Holland.

The other four charged in the indictment paid thousands to Nayi to act as victims in the robberies so that they could apply for special immigration visas “set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in an investigation or prosecution,” according to court records.

The others charged are Bhikhabhai Patel, 51, of Elizbaethtown, Kentucky; Nilesh Patel, 32, of Jackson, Tennessee; Ravinaben Patel, 28, of Racine, Wisconsin, and Rajnikumar Patel, 32, of Jacksonville, Florida.

All six are charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and face a five-year prison sentence. Ravinaben Patel faces an additional charge of making a false statement on a visa application, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Jake Griffin Daily Herald Media Group

Jake Griffin is the assistant managing editor for watchdog reporting at the Daily Herald