Kishore Kumar Kavuru, a 46-year-old man with India origin, was arrested last Friday and charged with several counts of fraud in relation to H-1B visa and mail. Appearing before US Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen, Kavuru received 10 counts of fraud for visa and mail according to a press release by US Department of Justice.
The fraud is in connection with a plan to ensure the pool of foreign workers for Kavuru's consulting companies' clients is maintained. If found guilty, Kavuru will face 10 years and up to 20 years’ prison sentences for visa and mail fraud respectively. For each count of the visa and mail fraud, he will pay a maximum fine of $250, 000 according to federal prosecutors.
According to the charge, the California resident portrayed himself as a staffing specialist for Santa Clara County-based technology firms as well as firms in other places - he helps the firms to fill temporary vacancies with foreign workers. As far back as 2007, Kavuru was both the owner and CEO of four different consulting firms (Infinity Methods Corp; Scopus Consulting Group, Inc.; Orian Engineers Incorporated and ITECH Analyst Corp.
The prosecutors said Kavuru, through these firms, processed fraudulent applications for foreign workers in order to get permission to work in the US as covered by the H-1B Visa Program
He was accused of submitting fake documents to both the Department of Labour and the Department of Homeland Security,bearing details offictitious work projects that require the services of the foreign workers.
As a result, he gains undue advantage over other staffing companies who follow the right procedure because many of these applications are eventually approved. He was equally accused him of taking thousands of dollars to do this.
According to the federal prosecutors, he submitted and mailed about 43 petitions for H-1B software engineer positions
that were not available at the benefits company.
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