US Visa Fraud Lands Telugu Businessman in Jail

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A Telugu businessman has been sentenced to 30 months in Jail for involvement in visa fraud, obstruction of justice, mail fraud and false documents.

Venkat Guntupalli and his wife Sunitha Guntupalli, Pratap “Bob” Kondamoori and Sandhya Ramireddy were charged with submitting fraud documents for H1B speciality-occupation work visas by federal grand jury on May 5, 2016.

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On April 24, 2017,Venkat Guntupalli said that he and his wife founded two employment staffing agencies DS Soft and Equinett. He also admitted to submitting more than 100 fraudulent petitions to the government.

The purpose of the scheme was to create a group of H1B workers who could be given employment in the northern district of California and other states. Venkat Guntupalli along with his crew earned millions through their companies.

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The remaining charges were dismissed since he pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge. Guntupalli was sentenced to serve three years in prison and fined $500,000. According to the order, the accused have to surrender on or before June 14, 2019. The rest of the members who also pleaded guilty to their involvement were awarded punishment. Guntupalli Sunitha was sentenced to 52 months, Ramireddy for 14 months and Kondamoori was given 20 months in prison for their respective charges.

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