Indian-origin man sentenced to prison for H1B visa fraud in US: In America, reportedly, an Indian-origin man has been sentenced to prison post he was convicted for wire and visa fraud, under which he collected more than 450,000, USD in illegal filing fees for H1B visas and green cards for workers from his native place India.
Ramesh Venkata Pothuru, 44, an ex-owner and operator of Virgo Inc. and I sync Solutions, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison because of the convictions for wire and visa fraud, as per a statement from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The sentencing is subsequent of the joint investigation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) anyway.
The alleged man collected approximately, more than 450,000 USD, in an unlawful way by filing fees which are associated and related expenses from more than 100 fraudulent visas and employer-sponsored green cards for nonimmigrant human resources from his own country.
The investigation unveils that between 2010 and 2013, Pothuru collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in filing fees from workers which he has sponsoring under the H-1B nonimmigrant worker visa program.
Federal regulations forbade employers from the petition for payments from H-1B non-immigrant workers to cover the costs which are connected with the filing fees, which fees are needed by law to be borne by the sponsoring US employer.
On the other side, so many of the H-1B non-immigrant workers were also a receiver of employer-sponsored permanent foreign labor certification applications that were filed by Pothuru with the Department of Labor.
This one is the Permanent foreign labor certification filings characteristically consists of the costs of over a number of thousand dollars on another side, to filing the fees; Pothuru illegally collected both from the employees.
The accused already taken these illegal fees and expenses from the employees and then he sponsored for H-1B visas and green cards via the direct payments to his personal bank accounts.
He then submitted false applications in which he did not identify the fees which he collected from the non-immigrant workers and swore that he did not collect, the statement added further.