Ashish Sawhney, of Sterling, Virginia, was arrested on August 20, 2020, on charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and for inducing undocumented people to come to the United States using fraudulently obtained H-1B visas.

According to court documents, Mr. Sawhney allegedly used four corporations to orchestrate the improper submission of fraudulent applications for H-1B specialty occupation temporary work visas. The six-count indictment alleges that he used the four corporations to purport to provide information technology staffing and software development services for commercial clients in the United States. He submitted or caused to be submitted H-1B visa application materials stating that the foreign workers named in the applications would fulfill a specific job when, in fact, no such job existed. Through Mr. Sawhney’s ownership and direction of the scheme, the indictment alleges, his companies generated gross profits from 2011 to 2016 of approximately $21 million.

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