Man arrested on charges of USD 21 million H-1B visa fraud conspiracy

Virginia(VA): A sterling person has been detained on Fri. on charges of conspiracy to commit visa fake & for inducing aliens to come to the United States utilizing fraudulently collected H-1B visas.

As per court documents, Ashish Sawhney, 48, reportedly utilized 4 corporations to orchestrate the inappropriate submission of fraudulent applications for H-1B speciality-occupation work (5) visas.

The six-count indictment identifies Sawhney as the director (or) lodged middleman for Worth Consulting, LLC, Worth Software Products, Inc. (previously referred to as Worth Consulting, Inc.), Business Pointers, Inc., & E-Train ERP, Inc., every of that had offices located within the Eastern Dist. of Virginia(VA) & purported to give IT staffing & software development (devt) solutions for commercial customers within the United States.

Sawhney submitted (or) caused to be submitted H-1B visa application materials stating that the foreign labour called within the applications would fulfill a particular job, where in reality, no such job existed at the moment of filing.

The indictment alleges that using Sawhney’s ownership & direction of the scheme, his own businesses generated gross profits from 2011 to 2016 of approximately USD 21 mln. The indictment furthermore alleges that Sawhney, who’s an Indian domestic, attempted to naturalize as a United States citizen by submitting an application including false affirmations.

Sawhney is charged with 2 counts of conspiracy, 3 counts of inducing an alien to come to & reside within the US for commercial advantage (or) private fiscal gain, & 1 count of attempted naturalisation fake.

In case convicted, Sawhney faces a maximum penalty of 10 yrs. in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are usually under the maximum penalties. A federal dist. court judge going to determine any sentence after taking into account(a/c) the US Sentencing Instructions & different statutory factors.

The complaint is being investigated by this Record & Benefit Fake Task Enforce, that is comprised of several agencies involving the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Interrogations, the US Dept. of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), US Dept. of Labour’s Workplace of Inspector Gen., & US Citizenship & Immigration Service’s Workplace of Fake Detection & Domestic Security that coordinate interrogations into fraudulent immigration documents.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern Dist. of Virginia(VA); Raymond Villanueva, Special Middleman in Charge of US Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Interrogations (HSI) Washington(WA), DC.; Edwin Guard, Special Middleman-in-Charge of the Diplomatic Security Service’s Washington(WA) Ground Workplace; Derek Pickle, Special Middleman-in-Charge of Washington(WA), DC Local Workplace, U.S.

Dept. of Labour, Workplace of Inspector Gen.; & Ron M. Rosenberg, Dist. Director, Dist. S2, US Citizenship & Immigration Solutions Workplace, made the announcement.

Assistant US Attorneys Raizza K. Ty & Ronald L. Walutes, Jr. are prosecuting the complaint.