24 December 2016
We have been hearing many h1b visa fraud cases and subsequent pled guilty by the defendants recently especially Indians. One more Indian is facing the charges of Visa fraud and identity theft.
Abhijit Prasad, aged 49, resident of Tracy, California is charged with 31 counts of Visa fraud and 2 counts of aggravated Identity theft. According to the indictment filed, Abhijit Prasad filed 31 petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant visas containing false statements made under penalty of perjury, as to purported work projects to be performed at various locations in California. One more allegation on Abhijit Prasad is that he obtained 2 H1B visas procured by fraud and false statements and used the means of identification of a real person to effectuate his h1b visa fraud scheme.
Abhijit Prasad is released with pre condition of surrendering his passport and a bond until a further detention hearing. Prasad has to appear before a US Magistrate Judge again on December 28th, 2016. If convicted, Prasad will face a maximum of 10 years’ in prison on each visa fraud count and a $250,000 fine. He faces a two-year mandatory, consecutive sentence on the aggravated identity theft counts, as well as a $250,000 fine.