US NRI couple convicted for H-1B visa fraud

CRIMHBvisa1Raju Kosuri, 44, and his wife Smriti Jharia, 45, and four co-conspirators who fraudulently applied for over 800 illegal immigration benefits under the H-1B visa programme,.have been convicted on charges of H-1B fraud and will face up to 30 years in prison.

The indictment alleges that Kosuri set up a network of shell companies that he presents to immigration authorities as independent businesses in need of Indian workers, but which in fact he owns and controls. He and his co-conspirators used the entities to file petitions for non-existent job vacancies as Kosuri’s data centre in Danville. The scheme involves the forgery of numerous signatures on visa petitions and exhibits without their knowledge. Consequently Kosuri generated gross proceeds of at least $20 million.

The indictment also says Kosuri and Jharia conspired with one Raiondo Piluso, to defraud the Small Business Administration by submitting fake applications. The three are alleged to have concealed the true location, ownership and employees of a business called EcomNets Federal Solutions in order to obtain Federal loans and contract preferences from which they generated $150,000 in loan proceeds and 5 contract awards.