A Concord man was sentenced on Friday to six months in prison and three years of supervised release, for making false statements on 11 applications for high-technology worker visas, United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Patrick Durkin, Special Agent In-Charge of the Diplomatic Security Service announced.
Chennupati admitted that between April 1, 2008 and March 3, 2009, he submitted 11 foreign worker petitions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that contained counterfeit job offer letters from the Gap Corporation, Wells Fargo Bank and Genentech.
Chennupati also admitted that he falsely stated on the foreign worker petitions that he had 11 jobs available from these companies.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, no high-technology worker visas were issued from Chennupati's 11 fraudulent applications.
Many of the allegations lodged by critics of the H-1B program regard things already against the law. Better enforcement of existing law and focusing on bad actors is the answer instead of making things ridiculously difficult for the vast majority of employers playing by the rules.