Two Indian-American brothers, Atul Nanda, 46, and Jiten ‘Jay’ Nanda, 44, were recently convicted on count of conspiracy for committing visa fraud in the US.
The accused brothers reportedly run an Information technology consulting firm, Dibon Solutions in Carrollton, Texas, in the US. They used the firm as a face to commit visa fraud and to port illegal immigrants. The company sponsored the workers on H-1B visas with the stated purpose of working at Dibon headquarters in Carrollton, Texas, but, in fact, it required the workers to provide consulting services to third-party companies located elsewhere throughout the US. The recruits were only paid for the time spent on the third party companies, upon receiving the payment from the respective company.
Moreover in Dibon’s visa paperwork, the accused falsely represented their workers having full-time positions and were paid an annual salary, as required by the regulation securing the visas. They ran this scheme with great success from approximately March 2005 to February 2011, creating a low cost skilled workforce who could be assigned a project on the requirement basis.
They will now face either a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment or a fine of $250,000, or both. The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Department of State. A sentencing date has not been decided yet.