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H-1B Staffing Company Pays $345K to Settle DOJ Beef

September 18, 2020 (1 min read)

DOJ, Sept. 15, 2020

"A Middlesex County, New Jersey, corporation involved in consulting, technology and staffing and using primarily foreign nationals in the United States pursuant to H1-B visas has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated immigration and employment regulations concerning continuous employment and wage requirements, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

The United States contended that from January 2014 through June 2018 many of Savantis Solutions LLC’s H-1B workers were not paid the required wage in regular intervals at the required wage rate throughout their period of employment. Savantis, based in Edison, New Jersey and formerly known as Vedicsoft Solutions LLC and Vedicsoft Holdings LLC, failed to properly pay many of its H-1B workers in conformance with their applications to the federal government and federal regulations. The United States also contended that Savantis improperly recruited H-1B workers by requesting that they provide security deposits to Savantis prior to Savantis submitting their H-1B Cap lottery applications.

The resolution requires the company to pay $345,365 in restitution, which will be used to pay back wages plus interest to employees and former employees of the company. Savantis cooperated in the investigation of the matter and undertook compliance efforts in response. Pursuant to the agreement, the company is also required to hire an outside law firm to serve as a monitor to ensure ongoing and continued compliance with the relevant rules and regulations for the next three years.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, New York Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael C. Mikulka; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason Molina; the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division’s Southern New Jersey District Office under the direction of District Director, Charlene Rachor; and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, Vermont Service Center and Newark Field Office, leading to today’s resolution.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David E. Dauenheimer, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office’s Government Fraud Unit in Newark.