California has revealed a large scam with work visas
A federal jury found 52-year-old Abhijit Prasad from Tracy, California, guilty of an 21 visa fraud charge and two aggravated identity theft charges, writes US Citizenship and Umtmigration Service (USCIS).
The case began in Sacramento, where in the 2016 year a grand jury indicted Prasad. Over time, the investigation gained momentum and the proceedings continued in San Francisco.
From the evidence, it follows that Prasad filed 19 petitions for non-immigrant H-1B visas that contained false claims about alleged work projects to be carried out in California, including Cisco Systems.
Judicial evidence showed that Cisco did not know that foreign workers who were beneficiaries of visa petitions would actually work at Cisco on an existing working project. The evidence also showed that the defendant deliberately submitted fake Cisco documents to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in support of his allegations that the beneficiaries would work for Cisco.
It became known that Prasad fraudulently used the digital signature of a Cisco employee to create a document that would leave the impression that two of the H-1B employees already had work on a project at Cisco. Prasad received two H-1B visas using this fraudulent document, which implies full implementation of the Cisco contract.
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“These types of fraudulent activities pose a serious threat to national security and public safety, as they create vulnerabilities for terrorists and other criminals. HSI and our partners will not tolerate such criminal activity and will hold violators accountable in full law, ”said Tatum King, Special Responsible National Security Research Agent (San Francisco and Northern California).
On October 16, the US District Judge will read the verdict to Prasad. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 250 000 for visa fraud. For the theft of personal data under aggravating circumstances, he is additionally facing 2 years in prison and a fine of $ 250 000.
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