WASHINGTON: Two Indian-American brothers have been convicted on charges of H-1B visa fraud and will face a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, the Department of Justice has said.
Atul Nanda, 46, and his brother, Jiten “Jay” Nanda, 44, were each convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, one count of conspiracy to harbour illegal aliens, and four counts of wire fraud.
The two brothers face a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment and $250,000 in fine. A sentencing date has not been set. Atul Nanda and Jiten Nanda are owners of Dibon Solutions, an information technology consulting company located in Texas.
During the six-day trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence at trial that as part of their scheme, the Nanda brothers recruited foreign workers with expertise who wanted to work in the US.
They sponsored the workers’ H-1B visa with the stated purpose of working at Dibon headquarters in Carrolton, Texas but, in fact, did not have an actual position at the time they were recruited and knew the workers would ultimately provide consulting services to third-party companies located throughout the US.