Immigration Law

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$7.4M Forfeiture in Student Visa Fraud Case
Posted on 28 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Jan. 27, 2016 - "Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SURESH HIRANANDANEY, LALIT CHABRIA, and ANITA CHABRIA, who were senior executives of privately owned for-profit schools, were sentenced... Read More

Excerpts From The Aug. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Williams Mullen: Infosys I-9 Audit Results Likely to Trigger ICE Audits of Computer Consulting Firms
Posted on 3 Jan 2014 by Williams Mullen

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... Read More

Guilty Verdict in Human Trafficking, H-1B Visa Fraud Case
Posted on 16 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Slammer Time For Utah Immigration Attorney For Alien Smuggling, H-2B Visa Fraud
Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"James Hector Alcala, age 46, a Salt Lake City attorney, will serve 56 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and alien smuggling and one count of visa fraud. ... Alcala was indicted in July... Read More

$250K Forfeiture, Guilty Plea in Texas E-1 / E-2 Visa Fraud Case
Posted on 25 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: visa fraud , diaz , Texas

Update: U.S. v. Khobragade
Posted on 10 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Guilty Pleas Entered in Student Visa Fraud Case
Posted on 28 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Sept. 27, 2016 - "Two employees from a Somerset County, New Jersey, company today admitted recruiting foreign nationals to enroll at a “pay to stay” New Jersey college where they could fraudulently maintain their clients’ student... Read More

Tags: visa fraud , unnj

Indian Consular Official in NYC Arrested, Charged With Visa Fraud, Underpayment of Domestic Worker
Posted on 14 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

20 charged with importing women as strippers
Posted on 2 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

DOJ Charges Visa Fraud in Ethiopian Adoptions
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Organized crime members plead guilty to visa and marriage fraud charges
Posted on 22 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More