The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced that federal agents arrested 11 individuals in seven states as part of an investigation of suspected H-1B visa and mail fraud. In addition to these arrests, Vision Systems Group, Inc. was also indicted in a 10-count federal indictment that included one count of conspiracy, eight counts of mail fraud, and one count “notice of forfeiture” in the amount of $7.4 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that the investigation involved companies sponsoring H-1B nonimmigrants for positions which they did not have and thus did not pay the nonimmigrants the required wage as part of the H-1B process. The complaint alleges that Vision Systems filed fraudulent documents with USCIS, the DOL, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in addition to other agencies in support of the fraudulent applications. The U.S. Attorneys office indicated that the maximum sentences for the charges against the individuals are as follows:  

  1. Conspiracy – Five years in prison and a $250,000 fine
  2. Mail Fraud – 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
  3. Wire Fraud – 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
  4. False Statements in Immigration Matters – Ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine