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Default Immigration Scam - article in REDIFF!

This is not cool at all.! Hope this does not hurt us even more.!

http://www.rediff.com/money/2008/jun/16scam.htm

With the arrest of seven Indians, American authorities have claimed to have busted an immigration racket run by an infotech company owner who charged tens of thousands of dollars from expatriates by fraudulently sponsoring their H-1B work visas.

The alleged kingpin, Nilesh Dasondi, 41, was arrested last week on multiple counts of visa fraud involving his company Cygate Software and Consulting Inc. that runs offices in India and Canada.

A naturalised US citizen, Dasondi, who is also member of the Edison township board in New Jersey, was released after posting a $800,000 bail but must remain under home confinement with electronic monitoring.

According to court papers cited in Newsday daily, Dasondi is accused of filing federal work visa and immigration documents for six people who did not work for his company between 2003 and 2007, authorities said. All the six have been arrested.

In exchange, they made payments to Dasondi's company of more than $850,000, authorities said. The money was used to support phony payroll disbursements back to the people, fund tax payments and, in some cases, pay for health insurance, authorities said.

Dasondi, however, kept the remainder of the cash after the so-called 'running the payroll' scheme for himself, the officials were quoted as saying by the daily.

Three bank accounts in the name of Cygate were seized by federal authorities. A fourth account in the name of another company Dasondi controlled was also frozen, authorities said.

Among those arrested were 42-year-old Kishor Parikh, Devang Patel, 31, and 40-year-old Chetan Trivedi
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this is bad..this definitely affects our sanity
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Getting a labor substitution by 'Buying' it for a few thousand dollars and getting GC through that company but NEVER working or being on the payroll of that company too is similar to this fraud.

Isn't it?

There are many who did this including a two people in my own company.
It was before labor substitution was illegal.

I think such cases should be probed too. They cut the line and get GC before others. I call this cheating.
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Getting a labor substitution by 'Buying' it for a few thousand dollars and getting GC through that company but NEVER working or being on the payroll of that company too is similar to this fraud.

Isn't it?

There are many who did this including a two people in my own company.
It was before labor substitution was illegal.

I think such cases should be probed too. They cut the line and get GC before others. I call this cheating.
There are many people even now who have their GCs sponsored not by their employers, but by green card shops. After 180 days, they do a AC21 jump to their current employer or other employer. They never work for the green card shop at any time.
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I think there are plenty of fraud companies .they will get your h1b and then you find ur own consulting job and pay them on % basis.
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I think there are plenty of fraud companies .they will get your h1b and then you find ur own consulting job and pay them on % basis.
I think we as a community should expose these kind of people/company. Why not name these companies here or let ICE know about it. You can always remain anonymous.

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I think we as a community should expose these kind of people/company. Why not name these companies here or let ICE know about it. You can always remain anonymous.

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.... and let their numbers come back to the VISA pool :-)
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They don't have a clue about the kind of Blue collar abuse going on in the H1B and L1 immigration.

more over, i think they don't have resources to fight everything

But try it.
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This is not cool at all.! Hope this does not hurt us even more.!

http://www.rediff.com/money/2008/jun/16scam.htm

With the arrest of seven Indians, American authorities have claimed to have busted an immigration racket run by an infotech company owner who charged tens of thousands of dollars from expatriates by fraudulently sponsoring their H-1B work visas.

The alleged kingpin, Nilesh Dasondi, 41, was arrested last week on multiple counts of visa fraud involving his company Cygate Software and Consulting Inc. that runs offices in India and Canada.

A naturalised US citizen, Dasondi, who is also member of the Edison township board in New Jersey, was released after posting a $800,000 bail but must remain under home confinement with electronic monitoring.

According to court papers cited in Newsday daily, Dasondi is accused of filing federal work visa and immigration documents for six people who did not work for his company between 2003 and 2007, authorities said. All the six have been arrested.

In exchange, they made payments to Dasondi's company of more than $850,000, authorities said. The money was used to support phony payroll disbursements back to the people, fund tax payments and, in some cases, pay for health insurance, authorities said.

Dasondi, however, kept the remainder of the cash after the so-called 'running the payroll' scheme for himself, the officials were quoted as saying by the daily.

Three bank accounts in the name of Cygate were seized by federal authorities. A fourth account in the name of another company Dasondi controlled was also frozen, authorities said.

Among those arrested were 42-year-old Kishor Parikh, Devang Patel, 31, and 40-year-old Chetan Trivedi
I wonder where the money they used for their payroll was coming from? This is surprising.
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I think there are plenty of fraud companies .they will get your h1b and then you find ur own consulting job and pay them on % basis.
Consulting business is like that only. As long as you are geuninely working for a client and getting paid for your services it is fine - you cannot compare it to someone who is not working but paying the company to run payroll.
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I wonder where the money they used for their payroll was coming from? This is surprising.
Another article said they were all owners of greeting card shops. Guess that's how they made a living.
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Another article said they were all owners of greeting card shops. Guess that's how they made a living.
huh, someone owns a greeting card shop and then invests tons of money to get a green card through a job shop? I do not believe this. It is a very expensive investment.
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There are many people even now who have their GCs sponsored not by their employers, but by green card shops. After 180 days, they do a AC21 jump to their current employer or other employer. They never work for the green card shop at any time.
The last date for labor substitution was July 15th, 2007. When they made all catagories current in July, a lot of labors were available with companies and I heard from people that there was a lot of labor substitution to friends and relatives etc... and when they figured out that bulletin is being reversed, those doing the substitution were the ones that sscrambled and sent out packets to reach USCIS on July 2nd. Thats how some greedy shops were trying to make money
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jchan,

What do you smoke?

Dont relate anything bad to an entire nation. There is no difference between you and those fraudsters got caught. Coz they also looked for loopholes like you....You blame, They cheat...that is the only difference...
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I wonder where the money they used for their payroll was coming from? This is surprising.
I ready few articles by different publication and this is what I understand. Cygate filed H-1B saying person A will work with it as IT consultant or something like that. When the person came to the US, instead of working in IT he started working at his relatives business/card show/gas station.

The gas station paid Cygate everymonth and Cygate in turn paid employee after paying Federal taxes etc.
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