An Indian nationwide has been arrested on expenses of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and for inducing international nationals to return to the US utilizing fraudulently obtained H-1B visas, federal prosecutors mentioned on Friday.
Arrested on Thursday, 48-year-old Ashish Sawhney allegedly used 4 companies to orchestrate the improper submission of fraudulent functions for H-1B specialty-occupation work visas, they mentioned.
Charged with two counts of conspiracy, three counts of inducing an alien to return to and reside within the US for industrial benefit or non-public monetary achieve, and one rely of tried naturalisation fraud, Sawhney allegedly generated gross earnings from 2011 to 2016 of roughly USD 21 million, the prosecutors mentioned.
If convicted, Sawhney faces a most penalty of 10 years in jail.
A resident of Sterling, a Virginia suburb of Washington DC, he submitted or brought about to be submitted H-1B visa software supplies stating that the international employees named within the functions would fulfil a particular job, the place in truth, no such job existed on the time of submitting, the prosecutors mentioned.
Sawhney additionally tried to naturalise as a US citizen by submitting an software containing false statements, they mentioned.