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US Court Indicts Two Indian-Americans Over H-1B Visa Fraud

A man holds the flags of India and the US. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz/Files

A man holds the flags of India and the US. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz/Files

Washington: Two Indian-Americans have been indicted by a US federal court for using fraudulent documents in obtaining H-1B visa for Indian technology professionals.

If convicted, Jayavel Murugan, 46, and Syed Nawaz, 40, will face up to 20 years of imprisonment or up to $250,000 of fine or both.

Murugan and Nawaz used fraudulent documents to obtain H-1B visa for Indian technology professionals, a federal prosecutor alleged.

Murugan is the chief executive officer of Fremont-based Dynasoft Synergy. As per the company’s website, it is based in California and has an office in Chennai as well.

As per court documents, unsealed on Friday, Dynasoft petitioned to place workers at Stanford University, Cisco and Brocade.

Federal prosecutors alleged that they had no intention of receiving the foreign workers named on the applications.

Murugan and Nawaz had indulged in such activities from 2010 to 2016.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows American firms to employ foreign workers in occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

(PTI)