This McLatchy News-Observer headline says NC man arrested in Ponzi scheme defrauded people in the Indian community, FBI says, by Tammy Grubb, January 17, 2023.
Kumar Neppalli is obviously an Indian immigrant.
The News-Observer doesn’t say that, though, they say he’s a ”native of” India, as are, presumably most of his Indian-American victims. I’ve said before that ”native of” is frequently used in these stories to avoid ever saying that an immigrant did something bad.
An N&O investigation revealed that Neppalli, a native of India, was accused of bilking 15 investors out of $1.9 million in business loans that he acquired through his connections with the Triangle’s Indian community. Four investors who spoke with The N&O said they knew Neppalli through mutual friends or state and national Indian cultural groups. Neppalli previously served as vice president and president of the Triangle Area Telugu Association, and as a former board member with the Hindu Society of North Carolina. He also served for 11 years as president of his Twin Oaks homeowners association in Cary.
Chapel Hill officials learned about the allegations in an October 2021 email from Srinivasa Yenduri, a Connecticut resident listed as a creditor in court documents. Yenduri, who did not respond to The N&O’s efforts to reach him, told court officials he gave Neppalli $150,000 for a “business loan,” documents showed.
“Our investigation shows Neppalli abused the trust and confidence placed in him by fellow Indian-American community members,” said Michael C. Scherck, FBI Acting Special Agent-in-Charge.
The federal indictment released Tuesday accused Neppalli of using ”his good standing within the Indian-American community in Cary” to defraud at least 12 victims or sets of victims, the news release stated.
My point, not for the first time, is that the headline could easily have said ”Indian Immigrant Charged With Defrauding North Carolina Community” but the MSM instinct is to never let you know that an immigrant did anything bad, because that would be nativist.