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Slammer Time For Utah Immigration Attorney For Alien Smuggling, H-2B Visa Fraud

October 20, 2014 (1 min read)

"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 2009 along with a Salt Lake City law firm, a property management company, and seven other individuals.  The 17-count indictment alleged that the defendants intended to profit financially by assisting Utah employers in obtaining H-2B visas for their foreign national workers by fraudulently representing to federal agencies that the foreign nationals were eligible for visas when, in fact, they were not. ... Real property, structures, homes, or buildings at nine addresses in Salt Lake City were included in the forfeited property totaling about $1 million." - DOJ, Sept. 19, 2014.