Four Indians charged with H1B visa fraud in the USA

Four Executives of staffing companies based out of the USA were arrested on charges of fraudulently using the H1B program to gain an unfair advantage over competitors.

The four executives are namely – Vijay Mane, 39, of Princeton (NJ); Venkataramana Mannam, 47, of Edison (NJ); Fernando Silva, 53, of Princeton (NJ) and Sateesh Vemuri, 52, of San Jose (CA). They were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud.  

Procure Professionals Inc. and Krypto IT Solutions Inc. are two staffing companies that are controlled by Mane, Mannam and Vemuri. Mannam and Silva also controlled another staffing company, referred to in the complaint as “Client A”. The accused used Procure and Krypto to recruit immigrants under H1B visa. However, in order to speed up H1B application process, they falsely asserted in the H1B application that the incumbent applicants have already secured positions in “Client A”. In reality, no such positions existed in Client A.

The incumbents on H1B visa were put “on bench” when they arrived in the USA, who could be then hired out immediately to clients without the need to wait through the visa process.

All the accused were released on $250,000 bond.

The charges, if proven true, carries a maximum penalty of five years prison and $250,000 fine.

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