The owner of a California-based outsourcing firm called Strataserv was busted for bringing foreign guest workers into the country via the H-1B visa by falsely claiming that they had jobs waiting for them at Cisco, an IT and networking company in San Jose.
On July 19, Indian-American businesswoman Sridevi Aiyaswamy, the owner of San Jose-based Strataserv Inc., pled guilty in federal court to three counts of visa fraud, said U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch in a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
Aiyaswamy, 50, of San Jose, admitted in federal court that between April 2010 and June 2013, she made numerous false statements and submitted more than 25 fraudulent documents to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the purpose of obtaining H-1B non-immigrant classifications for skilled foreign workers.
“Acting as a petitioner on behalf of foreign worker beneficiaries, Aiyaswamy falsely represented in I-129 petitions that the foreign worker beneficiaries would be working at Cisco, an information technology and networking company in San Jose, Calif.,” according to the report.
It further documented how Aiyaswamy also “submitted counterfeit statements of work with forged signatures as back-up documentation to the I-129 petitions. In fact, at the time she submitted these documents to USCIS, Aiyaswamy knew that the statements regarding offers of work from Cisco for these beneficiaries were false statements, and that Cisco had not made any offers of employment regarding these individuals.”
Back in 2015, a federal grand jury indicted Aiyaswamy and charged her with 34 counts of visa fraud; however, she was able to reach an agreement with the judge. At that time, the Indian-American fraudster pled guilty to three of the counts of visa fraud and the government agreed to request dismissal of the remaining counts.
Aiyaswamy is currently free on bond, and she’s scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 15. The maximum statutory penalty for visa fraud is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the DOJ.
Every year, Americans lose jobs in the tech., medical and fashion industries to the more than 100,000 foreign guest workers who come to the United States on the H-1B visa.
Strataserv’s website indicates that Aiyaswamy worked with some of the largest companies in the country, including Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco Systems, IBM, Amazon, Yahoo!, and Apple.
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