“The forged documents included forged letters and fraudulent statements of work, which appeared as if they had been signed by senior executives at the two clients,” the department alleged.
The submitted documents falsely attested that the H-1B visas were for “specialty occupations,” according to an allegation in court documents.
Once U.S. Citizenship and Immigration approved the applications, the workers in question were “benched” — kept unpaid pending possible placement in a client firm of one of Samal’s companies, the department alleged.
“Nearly 200 workers may have been brought in under the phony applications,” the department alleged.
“The employees were forced to pay Samal’s companies a partially-refundable ‘security deposit’ of as much as $5,000 for the visa filings, regardless of whether they were assigned to any projects that provided them with income.”