Employers are selected for the H-1B visa program through a lottery system. While most employers want to get selected, an IT staffing company recently learned that winning the lottery isn’t so great. The Department of Justice alleges between September 2001 and January 2016, five individuals at the staffing company submitted more than 800 H-1B petitions that contained false and fraudulent representations. The DOJ also claims the individuals failed to properly withhold employment taxes from some beneficiaries’ wages and routinely denied access to W-2 forms and other individual tax reporting forms. The individuals were recently indicted for committing visa fraud. The DOJ is seeking to recover all real and personal property derived from the violations and the defendants are looking at major jail time if convicted. These are serious allegations. The defendants may want to call Saul Goodman for help..