U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of California Brian J. Stretch Dec. 20 announced that an Indian American businesswoman in San Jose, Sridevi Aiyaswamy, was sentenced to just over a year in prison for her role in a visa fraud scheme.
U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh announced the sentencing following Aiyaswamy's guilty plea in mid-July. According to her plea agreement, Aiyaswamy, 50, pleaded guilty to three counts of visa fraud.
Aiyaswamy admitted that between April 2010 and June 2013 she made numerous false statements and submitted over 25 fraudulent documents to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to obtain H-1B non-immigrant classifications for skilled foreign workers, the attorney’s office said in a news release.
Acting as a petitioner on behalf of foreign worker beneficiaries, Aiyaswamy falsely represented in I-129 petitions that the foreign worker beneficiaries would be working at an information technology and networking company in San Jose, it said.
Aiayswamy further submitted counterfeit statements of work with forged signatures as back-up documentation to the I-129 petitions, it added.
In fact, at the time she submitted these documents to USCIS, Aiyaswamy knew that the statements regarding offers of work from the South Bay company for these beneficiaries were false statements, and that the company had not made any offers of employment regarding these individuals, the news release said.
A federal grand jury indicted Aiyaswamy on Dec. 3, 2015, charging her with 34 counts of visa fraud. Pursuant to her plea agreement, Aiyaswamy pleaded guilty to three of the counts of visa fraud and the remaining counts were dismissed.
In addition to the prison term, Koh sentenced Aiyaswamy to a $10,000 fine and a three-year period of supervised release.