20 charged with importing women as strippers

"Federal authorities arrested 20 people Wednesday — seven of whom they said had direct links to the Gambino and Bonnano crime families — on charges that they illegally brought women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to New York to work as dancers at mob-run strip...

Organized crime members plead guilty to visa and marriage fraud charges

"Two members of an organized crime family pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges for their participation in a scheme to recruit illegal aliens to work in adult entertainment clubs controlled by "La Cosa Nostra." The guilty pleas are a result of an investigation conducted...

$250K Forfeiture, Guilty Plea in Texas E-1 / E-2 Visa Fraud Case

"A Laredo woman plans to plead guilty to conspiracy to use fraud to help Mexican entrepreneurs get visas that let them live in the United States. Among the tactics used by Emilia Diaz, 41, was taking pictures of the inside of an H-E-B and passing them off as being from inside a tiny meat...

Guilty Verdict in Human Trafficking, H-1B Visa Fraud Case

"Kizzy Kalu, age 49, of Highlands Ranch, [Colorado,] was found guilty today of 89 counts of mail fraud, visa fraud, human trafficking and money laundering by a federal jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced. ... According to the indictment and evidence presented...

Excerpts From The Aug. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Washington Supreme Court Bars Certain Uses of Immigration Status On July 10, 2013, the Washington Supreme Court updated its legal ethics rules to prohibit attorneys from referring to an individual’s immigration status to intimidate, coerce, or prevent him or her from participating in a civil...

Williams Mullen: Immigration Fraud Whistleblower Likely to Receive $5M Bounty from Infosys’s $34M False Claims Act Settlement: Is Your Business Immigration Program Prepared for a Similar Whistleblower Attack?

By Mary E. Pivec and John Staige Davis V | On October 30, 2013, Infosys Limited (“Infosys”), an Indian IT company, signed a settlement agreement with the United States in the Eastern District of Texas to resolve allegations that Infosys knowingly presented to employees of the United States...

Indian Consular Official in NYC Arrested, Charged With Visa Fraud, Underpayment of Domestic Worker

"Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the arrest of DEVYANI KHOBRAGADE on charges that KHOBRAGADE allegedly caused a materially false and fraudulent document to be presented, and materially false and fraudulent statements to be made, to...

Williams Mullen: Infosys I-9 Audit Results Likely to Trigger ICE Audits of Computer Consulting Firms

By Mary E. Pivec, Esq. Infosys Limited’s recent $34 million settlement with the U.S. Government resolved the threat of criminal charges against the company based on allegations of visa fraud. For our commentary on the False Claims Act allegations in the Government’s complaint click here...

Update: U.S. v. Khobragade

INDICTMENT, EXHIBITS & RELATED LETTER: U.S. V. Devyani Khobragade What about the nanny? No sick leave, $1 per hour for maid in US Indicted but immune, Devyani Khobragade leaves for India India orders U.S. to withdraw diplomat as dispute festers Indian diplomat charged with visa fraud...

DOJ Charges Visa Fraud in Ethiopian Adoptions

"Four current and former employees of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption services provider, have been indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina for allegedly conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with IAG’s adoption services in Ethiopia. IAG is a South Carolina...