Indian IT Staffing Company Operator Abhijit Prasad Sentenced to 3-years in Prison for H-1B Visa Fraud & Aggravated Identity Theft

December 18, 2019 - Tracy, CA Indian IT Staffing Company operator Abhijit Prasad (52) was sentenced to 36-months in prison for H-1B visa fraud and aggravated identity theft today by U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of California.

Abhijit Prasad was indicted by a grand jury on December 23, 2016 and subsequently convicted of 19 counts of H-1B visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft today by a federal grand jury on August 5, 2019.

According to the evidence presented at the trial in San Francisco:
Prasad filed 19 petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant visas containing false statements, made under penalty of perjury, as to purported work projects to be performed at locations in California, including Cisco Systems. The evidence at trial showed that Cisco had no expectation that the foreign workers who were the beneficiaries of the visa petitions would actually work at Cisco on an existing work project. The evidence at trial further showed that the defendant knowingly submitted forged Cisco documents to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in support of his claims that the beneficiaries would work at Cisco.

..Prasad fraudulently used the digital signature of a Cisco employee, who was not authorized to sign Cisco employment documents, to create a document that would leave the impression that two of the H-1B workers had an existing work project at Cisco. Prasad obtained two of the H-1B visas using this fraudulent document that purports to be a fully executed Cisco contract.
Besides the prison term, the court ordered Abhijit Prasad to forfeit $1,193,440.87.

Abhijit Prasad who is in federal custody, will begin serving his prison term immediately.

Other H1-B Visa Fraud Cases:
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Indian IT Staffing Company Owner Kavuru Sentenced to 15-Months in Prison for H-1B Visa Fraud
Abhijit Prasad Convicted of H-1B Visa Fraud
California Indian Software Company Assigncorp Pays $48,193 to Employee After Dept. of Labor Finds H-1B Visa Program Violations
Indian IT Staffing Company Executives Arrested and Charged with H1-B Visa Fraud
Indian IT Consultants Charged with H1-B Visa Fraud