The President of iFuturistics has pled guilty to five federal charges ranging from conspiracy to violate U.S. laws to money laundering to conspiracy for participating in a fraudulent scheme to obtain false H-1B nonimmigrant visas for foreign workers. According to court documents, the president signed false H-1B petitions to obtain H-1B nonimmigrant visas for foreign nationals. iFuturistics was a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Pineville, North Carolina. Court records indicate that the president and other employees falsely represented to the DOL and USCIS that the company was hiring H-1B nonimmigrants to work directly for the company. However, after the H-1B visas were approved, the company placed the H-1B nonimmigrants at work locations with various companies throughout the United States. Additionally, court records indicate that the company gave H-1B visa applicants a "cheat sheet" of questions and answers to assist them during nonimmigrant visa interviews. Also, court records indicate that the company on its H-1B petitions indicated that it would be paying a certain salary which was never paid to the nonimmigrants. Furthermore, the court documents indicate that the company attempted to hide its fraudulent activities during FDNS site visits by setting up temporary work desks, moving in furniture and recruiting people to present as company employees. When FDNS officers, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigators and law enforcement officials conducted a follow-up site visit approximately a month after one of the initial site visits, the company’s supposed office space was dark and unoccupied.
The president of the company pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate U.S. laws, which carries a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine; one count of presenting fraudulent immigration documents, which carries a maximum prison term of ten years and a $250,000 fine; one count of hiring at least ten unauthorized immigrants within a one year period, which carries a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine; one count of hiring, recruiting and referring for a fee for employment an unauthorized immigrant, which carries a maximum prison term of six months and $100,000 fine; and one count of money laundering conspiracy, which carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed the value of the funds involved (which the government is alleging is more than $13,000,000). The sentencing date for the president of the company has not yet been set.