An Indian national, Ashish Sawhney, has been arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and for inducing foreign nationals to come to the US using fraudulently obtained H-1B visas.
According to reports, Sawhney, 48, a resident of Virginia suburb of Washington DC, allegedly orchestrated his illegal activities using four corporations for improper submission of fake applications for H-1B specialty-occupation work visas.
He is now facing several charges including two counts of conspiracy, three counts of inducing an alien to come to and reside in the US for commercial advantage or private financial gain, and one count of attempted naturalisation fraud.
It is reported that Sawhney purportedly generated gross profits of approximately $21 million from 2011 to 2016. Upon conviction, he is likely to face maximum 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors say that he has submitted or caused to be submitted H-1B visa application materials stating that the foreign workers named in the applications would fulfill a specific job, whereas in reality, no such job existed at the time of filing.