Three Telugu businessmen in the US have been arrested and charged with H-1B fraud case by the authorities in California. This is 2 months after 100 Telugu students and 8 PIO recruiters were arrested for violating immigration laws. The three of them are:
• Santosh Giri, 32 years
• Kumar Aswapathi, 49 years
• Kishore Dattapuram, 49 years
The trio hail from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. They have been charged with the supposed submission of fraud H-1B Visa applications for jobs that did not exist. The three of them denied the charges and were offered bail by a Federal Court.
The businessmen started a consulting firm in Santa Clara called Nanosemantics Inc. They allegedly submitted fake H-1B Visa applications during May 2012 and 2015. They did this to get a competitive edge over competing companies said the Department of Justice in the US.
Kishore and Santosh were produced in the federal court in San Jose. Aswapathi was meanwhile produced in a federal court in Austin.
DOJ said that an indictment just alleges that crimes have been committed. All the defendants are assumed to be innocent till proved guilty added the Department. This is beyond doubt reasonably, as quoted by the Times of India.
They face a maximum 10 years imprisonment sentence in H-1B fraud case if convicted along with 2.5 lakh dollar fines. This is along with restitution if in case appropriate for every violation of 18 – USC – 1546 (a). They also face a maximum of 5 years imprisonment along with 2.5 lakh dollar fines for conspiracy.
A Federal Grand Jury had indicted the 3 businessmen said the Attorney’s Office of DOJ in the northern district of California.
The consulting firm offered services like placing skilled overseas workers in the Bay Area’s IT companies. It submitted Visa applications stating that specific workers had been offered specific jobs at the designated firm. However, the reality was that the defendants were aware that the jobs did not exist, said the Federal Office.
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