4 Indian-Americans Arrested on charges of using H1B by fraud means
On Tuesday, 4 were arrested on the charges of using H1B visa by fraud means.
H1B visa is a American visa under the section 101(a) (15) (H) that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.
Vijay Mane, 39, Venkataramana Mannam, 47, and Fernando Silva, 53, from New Jersey while Sateesh Vemuri, 52, from California were each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday.
Vemuri made his initial appearance on July 1 before the US Magistrate Judge Steven C Mannion in Newark federal court while Mannam and Silva appeared before the US Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court on June 25. Mane appeared before Judge Wettre on June 27.All were released on USD 250,000 bond, the Department of Justice said.The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine. According to the Department of Justice, Mane, Mannam, and Vemuri controlled two IT staffing companies-- Procure Professionals Inc and Krypto IT Solutions Inc-- located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Similarly, Silva and Mannam also controlled another New Jersey staffing company, referred to in the complaint as "Client A." They used Procure and Krypto to recruit foreign nationals and sponsor them for H-1B visas, which allow recipients to live and work temporarily in the US in positions requiring specialised skills.