A business owner from India was sentenced yesterday to 20 months in federal prison for helping hundreds of immigrants live and work illegally in New Jersey and elsewhere in the United States.

Narendra Mandalapa must also forfeit $5.7 million and two luxury cars - deemed to be proceeds of his crimes - and pay a $25,000 fine, under the penalties imposed by U.S. District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise in Newark.

Mandalapa, 36, was owner and president of Cybersoftec Inc., a business-consulting firm in Edison, in 2004 and 2005. He pleaded guilty to immigration fraud on May 5, admitting that he got up to $22,000 from immigrants to file fraudulent documents. Those included I-140s, which are petitions for an immigrant worker to become a lawful U.S. resident. Mandalapa has been in custody since his arrest on Nov. 3, 2005. - AP

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