Lakireddy Bali Reddy
|Lakireddy Bali Reddy|
|Born||1937 (age 76–77)
Velvadum, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India
|97 months in jail, $2 million in restitution, $8.9 million out of court settlement|
|Conviction(s)||Immigration fraud, transportation of minors for illegal sexual activity|
Lakireddy Bali Reddy is an American businessman and criminal. He is a Berkeley, California real estate mogul and overseas philanthropist who in 2001 was convicted of "conspiracy to commit immigration fraud", human trafficking, and filing a false tax return.
Early life and education
Reddy was born in 1937 in the village of Velvadam, in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, India. He completed his Bachelors in Science and Bachelors in Technology degrees from Osmania University in Hyderabad. He attended the University of California, Berkeley on a scholarship in 1960, graduating with a master's degree in chemical engineering.
Reddy worked for a private company, before becoming an entrepreneur in the real estate and restaurant industries. He opened his first restaurant in 1975 and by 2000 he owned real estate assets valued at $69 million and had income of $1 million per month from his 1,000 rental properties.
On January 18, 2000, after the accidental death of a pregnant teenage girl in 1999, Reddy was arrested by federal prosecutors for "importing and employing illegal immigrants, and using the young girls as his concubines". In March 2001, Reddy and "two of his relatives" pled guilty to the charges. After a joint investigation by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Berkeley Police Department, Reddy was sentenced to eight years in prison and $2 million in restitution. In 2004, the Reddy estate paid $8.9 million to survivors as a result of a civil suit. Reddy was released April 2, 2008, and is a registered sex offender in the state of California.
Reddy's crimes were the subject of the book Slaves of Berkeley: The Shocking Story of Human Trafficking in the United States. His crimes have also been cited in the books Hidden Slaves: Forced Labor in the United States, Body Evidence: Intimate Violence against South Asian Women in America, Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence, New Slavery: A Reference Handbook, Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—and How We Can Fight It, and Multicultural Jurisprudence: Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defense.
His case reportedly inspired changes to California's human trafficking laws in 2005 and was part of Congressional testimony on the proposed Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2007, as well as the report of the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery Task Force.
Lakireddy Bali Reddy is a philanthropist in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh, India. He is the founder of the India-based nonprofit Lakireddy Bali Reddy Charitable Trust, which constructed a secondary school, and organizes weekly eye health clinics. Reddy is the founder and chairman of Lakireddy Balireddy College of Engineering in the township of Mylavaram with $3.5 million invested in the project.
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