February 15, 2009

H1B visa fraud consultants racket busted in USA,arrests 11 Indians

H1B visa scam, fraud consultants arrested

H1B Visa Scam and Fraud in USA lead to arrest of 11 fraud consultants all of Indians origin by US Federal Govt. in seven states and indicted IT services firm Vision Systems Group founded by an Indian American.

The arrests were carried out Feb. 11 by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Iowa, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New Jersey.The arrested people had filed false documents in support of their H-1B visa petitions for Indian and Pakistani computer engineers and programmers.The government is seeking the forfeiture of $7.4 million from Vision Systems Group Inc., based in New Jersey with an office in Coon Rapids while warning that other IT companies are under investigation.The company was indicted on 10 counts, including conspiracy and mail fraud charges. According to leading source, five other IT companies, including Worldwide Software Services and Sana Systems, are under federal watch for document fraud.According to the press release:

The companies that are the subject of this investigation have asserted that the foreign workers have been brought to the U.S. to fill existing vacancies. However, the companies allegedly have not always had jobs available for these workers, thereby placing them in non-pay status after they arrive in the United States. In some cases, the foreign workers have allegedly been placed in jobs and locations not previously certified by the Department of Labor, displacing qualified American workers and violating prevailing wage laws. The companies and foreign workers have allegedly submitted false statements and documents in support of their visa petitions. The false statements and documents were mailed or wired to state and federal agencies in support of the visa applications. The companies are suspected of visa fraud, mail fraud , wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

The H1B program is a favorite among the technology companies in USA,but equally controversial among the policy makers in the federal government.This temporary work visa program allows technology mainly Software and IT companies and Universities to employ foreign guest workers who have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and H1Bs are only to fill positions that can't be filled domestically.The Silicon Valley has repeatedly urged Congress to raise the H-1B cap, which is currently set at 65,000 visas per fiscal year.The visa limit was reduced from 1,95,000 to 65,000 two years ago.

12 comments on "H1B visa fraud consultants racket busted in USA,arrests 11 Indians"

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JA Team on February 15, 2009 at 10:08 AM said...

The H1B visas go fast because IT companies in true desi style, grab as much as they can lay their hands on - regardless of whether they really need that many or not

Kaushik on February 15, 2009 at 10:09 AM said...

Will Indian government will learn lesson from bloody American's skills. How proactive and shrewd they are.
Our IT genius are working under white ass and look at the webpages of any central government ministry. Even they can't afford to hire some good consultants to make their pages informative so that look more professional

Anonymous said...

See this link for reporting alleged H1B violation by the employer


Anonymous said...

h1b fraud companies will decrease from this year given the strong measures by the US government

Ronny on August 7, 2009 at 6:28 AM said...

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Anonymous said...

I want to report a scam organized by one of the Vice President of Hitachi Consulting and will appreciate any help you could provide. In this economic recession where we have job losses; the Vice President of Hitachi Consulting by name of Roberto Kristen has managed to hire his brother Lincoln Kristen on H1B visa for Hitachi Consulting few months back. Further, Lincoln Kristen hired as Senior Manager is working as a Technical Lead on a project in Naperville, IL at Eby-Brown Company. This job of Technical Lead was originally handled by citizen of USA who had more skill set than Lincoln Kristen in the required Technology. Lincoln Kristen has very little knowledge in the Technology for which he is Technical Lead. Also, Roberto Kristen from his network has parted with another company to fill H1B workers/programmers in various roles on Hitachi Consulting projects. Please help.

Ramkumar on October 15, 2009 at 1:30 AM said...

Another fraud company is Integrated Informatic INC. They develop clinical integration work flow software. They cheat their workers and also their customers.No body stays in that other than some dumb people.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Here is another one.....

Object Technology Solutions, Inc. (OTSI)
6363 College Blvd., Suite 310
Overland Park, KS 66211.

It is US based Indian company. Under the mask of IT services they do body shopping. They exploits people whoever goes there on H1B. They simply take 1.5lakh as processing fee for H1B and promises that they provide flight tickets, lodging, bording and pay salary even on bench after coming to US. But they do nothing, they wont pay back anything...! Even if they give notional advance, they'll deduct from the pay check. Beware of this company. I am one of the scapegoat! :(

Anonymous said...

There is a big game in H1B visa. Mainly people from Andhra Pradesh are grabbing the visas by way of bribing and agents through fake company offers. In country like US this is astounding...what will these racketeers do to the economy of the US.

Anonymous said...

techinsurgent.com is down. Tunelrat is our hero, protecting american IT workers. I hope that he was not taken down by a corrupt judge.
No corrupt judge or greedy managers are going to shut up the tech insurgents.

Mukesh Speak on March 24, 2012 at 3:23 AM said...

H-1B as a remedy for labor shortages and as a means of hiring "the best and the brightest" from around the world

strongly support), the vast majority are ordinary people doing ordinary work. Instead of being about talent, H-1B is about cheap labor.

H-1B visa holders may only work for sponsoring employers after approval by the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security.

Although most of the non-compliant H-1B workers had posted wages from employers in fields associated with technical or

specialty occupations, the report noted that one H-1B worker had earnings from a restaurant and janitorial service.

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