2 Bay Area tech executives are indicted of filing false visa documents through a staffing agency in a scheme to illegally bring a pool of international tech workers into the U.S.
An indictment from a federal grand jury opened on Friday involves Jayavel Murugan, Dynasoft Synergy’s chief executive officer, also a 40-year-old Santa Clara man, Syed Nawaz, of fraudulently presenting H-1B applications in an effort to illegally obtain visas, according to Brian Stretch, United States attorney for the Northern District of California.
The men are accused of 26 counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to do visa fraud, use of fake documents, mail fraud & aggravated identity theft, according to prosecutors. Each charge can carry sentences of between 2 and 20 years in prison.
Murugan, 46, is co-owner of Dynasoft, an employment firm based in Fremont, California with an office in India, according to the statement. Nawaz is assumed to have worked for many Bay Area tech companies, including Cisco, Brocade Communications, and Equinix.
Prosecutors tell the men did fraudulent documents to bring workers into the United States and create a pool of H-1B workers to hire out to tech firms. The indictment charges that from 2010 to 2016, Dynasoft petitioned to put workers at Stanford University, Cisco, including Brocade, but the employers had no purpose of receiving the international workers named on the applications.
Nawaz presented fake “end-client letters” to the government, wrongly claiming the workers were on-site & performing jobs, according to the statement.
A man who answered the phone Saturday at Dynasoft Synergy told to call back Monday. An email message to the company was not returned.
The H-1B visa program was designed to permit United States firms to hire skillful workers from throughout the world. The program is a lifeblood for local tech firms, bringing engineers, scientists & other professionals to the Bay Area.