An Indian national has been arrested on fees of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and for inducing overseas nationals to return to the US utilizing fraudulently obtained H-1B visas, federal prosecutors stated on Friday.
Arrested on Thursday, 48-year-old Ashish Sawhney allegedly used 4 firms to orchestrate the improper submission of fraudulent functions for H-1B specialty-occupation work visas, they stated.
Charged with two counts of conspiracy, three counts of inducing an alien to return to and reside in the US for industrial benefit or non-public monetary acquire, and one rely of tried naturalisation fraud, Sawhney allegedly generated gross income from 2011 to 2016 of roughly USD 21 million, the prosecutors stated.
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 induced to be submitted H-1B visa software supplies stating that the overseas employees named in the functions would fulfil a selected job, the place in reality, no such job existed on the time of submitting, the prosecutors stated.
Sawhney additionally tried to naturalise as a US citizen by submitting an software containing false statements, they stated.