Indian singer convicted of trafficking of job seekers to America



NEW DELHI – A popular Indian pop singer has been found guilty of human trafficking and cheating after a court discovered that she pretended that people were in her acting group in order to get jobs in North America.

Daler Mehndi says he's innocent. He was sentenced to two years in prison but was released on bail on Friday to appeal his conviction.

Prosecutors say Mehndi and her brother received "pbading money" from the Indians they offered to disguise themselves as artists in their company. Job seekers could stay in the United States and Canada to find work.

The fraudulent conviction alleges that the brothers took money from some Indians and never took them abroad.

Mehndi rose to fame in the 1990s with songs in punjabi language and energetic dancing. He also lent his voice to the songs of the Bollywood movie.

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