International Desk: A sterling man was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and for inducing aliens to come to the United States using fraudulently obtained H-1B visas.
48-year-old Ashish Sawhney allegedly used four corporations to orchestrate the improper submission of fraudulent applications for H-1B specialty-occupation work visas, they said.
With 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 naturalization fraud.
The prosecutors said that Sawhney allegedly generated gross profits from 2011 to 2016 of approximately USD 21 million. Sawhney faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
He 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, where in fact, no such job existed at the time of filing, the prosecutors said.
They also said, “Sawhney also attempted to naturalize as a US citizen by submitting an application containing false statements”.