by Christopher Freeburn | October 29, 2013 9:57 am
Unnamed insider sources tell CBS News that a major Indian technology player will pay a hefty fine over charges that it used falsified visas to get workers into the U.S.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice will reportedly announce that Infosys (INFY) will pay a $34 million fine, the largest-ever penalty for visa fraud. Federal authorities were tipped off to the fraud by an American whistleblower who worked as a principal consultant for the company.
According to authorities, Infosys lied about the necessity of brining Indian workers into the country on visa applications — indicating that they possessed unique skills that could not be found in American workers. The reason for the fraud was to fill jobs with Indian workers who were paid less than American workers would be.
Documents from inside Infosys leaked to CBS appeared to show the company advising Indian workers in the U.S. how to lie to American immigration officials.
The whistleblower indicated that Infosys’ senior executive were aware of the practice and condoned it in order to increase profits.
Shares of Infosys rose fractionally in Tuesday morning trading.
INFY issued the following statement regarding the visa issue:
“In response to reports attributed to Justice Department officials, Infosys is in the process of completing a civil resolution with the government regarding its investigation of visa issues and I-9 documentation errors. The resolution has not been finalized.
Infosys denies any claims of systemic visa fraud, misuse of visas for competitive advantage, or immigration abuse. “
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