A Sterling man allegedly used 4 companies — together with two in Reston and Herndon — in a $21 million H-1B visa fraud conspiracy.
In line with court docket paperwork, Ashish Sawhney, 48, used the firms to submit fraudulent functions for H-1B work visas. He was arrested yesterday (Thursday) on prices of conspiracy to commit visa fraud. Two of the businesses embody Worth Software program Merchandise, Inc. in Herndon and Enterprise Pointers Inc. in Reston.
Court docket paperwork point out Sawhney allegedly used the businesses to offer data know-how workers and software program improvement companies. Authorities imagine the Sterling man submitted functions for H-1B visas, which acknowledged that the international employees would fill jobs that didn’t exist on the time of submitting.
In line with the U.S. Lawyer for the Japanese District of Virginia, Sawhney’s firms could have generated $21 million in gross income from 2011 to 2016. The indictment additionally acknowledged Sawhney, who’s an Indian nationwide, tried to naturalize as a U.S. citizen by submitting an utility with false statements.
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The case is being investigated by the Doc and Profit Fraud Activity Pressure, which is comprised of a number of businesses together with the Division of Homeland Safety’s Homeland Safety Investigations, the U.S. Division of State’s Diplomatic Safety Service (DSS), U.S. Division of Labor’s Workplace of Inspector Basic, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Workplace of Fraud Detection and Nationwide Safety that coordinate investigations into fraudulent immigration paperwork.
If convicted, Sawhney faces a most penalty of 10 years in jail. He was charged with two counts of conspiracy, three counts of inducing an alien to return to the U.S. for business benefit or private achieve, and one depend of tried naturalization fraud.
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