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Jayavel Murugan, CEO of staffing agency Dynasoft Synergy, is accused of faking letters from Silicon Valley bosses so he could ship cheap foreign workers into America. Murugan, 46, and an associate* are formally charged with 26 counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, use of false documents, mail fraud, and …

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    1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Re: Don't be naive

      Size matters. They look the right size for a scapegoat. Infosys is a bit big for that.

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        1. Number6

          Re: Don't be naive

          You can argue for the harsher sentence by saying that lighter sentences clearly have not been a deterrent so the stakes need to be raised.

  2. a_yank_lurker

    H-1B Visa Fraud

    When will the big boys get nailed for visa fraud. It is an up to 5 year vacation in Club Fed for lying on the forms. Given the foreign national must have skills that are (realistically) unavailable in the US, many a signer may be guilty of this. Since they likely did this on orders of upper management I would think an aggressive DA could find a conspiracy charge in there also.

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      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: H-1B Visa Fraud

        This would be easily solved making them pay let's say 150% of the social security wage base, which would be $190,800 for 2017. That would eliminate companies using H1Bs as a way of undercutting US workers for the same job.

        At that salary there's no need to force them to play the game of claiming they looked for US workers to do the job, because they would. Even if they couldn't find someone in Silicon Valley willing to do some extremely in demand job for under $200K, they surely could in less expensive parts of the US. So if they wanted to bring in an H1B at that price, it really would be because they can't find US workers to do the same job!

        I think that would also avoid the need to limit the number of H1Bs, or conduct a lottery that left some companies who really did need an H1B out in the cold.

        Maybe that pay level is a bit too high, but definitely no lower than the social security wage base. Bringing them in for only $60K is ridiculous, you couldn't hire a desktop support guy for that in the Valley, let alone a real IT professional.

  3. Swarthy

    Years in the chokey or...

    A seat on the committee to "investigate" H-1B visa abuse, ala Bob Iger

  4. one crazy media

    Reopen Alcatraz and put them in there.

    There are way too many Indian recruiting agencies in the US. They not only forge papers, they also mistreat the H1 B visa holders.these

    There is also a lot of public support in India to bring these crooks to justice because they are denying legitimate opportunities to well qualified and skilled people seeking H1 visa's.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Do you have a month to leave?

    " If a company terminates an H‑1B visa worker, the staffer and any family they have in the country must leave within roughly a month." - Is this true?

    An old company I worked for was bought out, and several staff moved to the U.S. on H1B visas. I didn't go, partly because it wasn't made clear what would happen if I quit the company (or it went bust).

    The rumour which went round was that, since the visa was tied to the job, then losing your job would mean you would have to immediately leave the country, or be classed as an illegal immigrant.

    Not one month's grace, but leave that day.

    Anyone know the correct answer?

    1. EnviableOne

      Re: Do you have a month to leave?

  6. ecofeco Silver badge

    What? No comments from the H-1B supporters?

    Well what a surprise there seem to be no comments from H-1B supporters. /s

    Anyone else surprised as well?

    1. Number6

      Re: What? No comments from the H-1B supporters?

      H-1B when used properly is a valuable and important resource. It is devalued by the abuse, and means that those who have genuine need to bring in someone from overseas cannot do it in a timely manner because of the way the cap is reached so quickly.

      Is that considered support for H-1B?

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