- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A McLean man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to conspiring to commit immigration fraud and making false statements in a scheme aimed at helping foreign nationals illegally obtain green cards through an employment-based visa program.

Naran S. Ivanchukov, 67, owner of Global Recruitment and Immigration Services Inc. in Falls Church, had been accused by federal prosecutors of illegally charging the aliens as much as $120,000 to pursue their visa applications. He faces 10 years’ imprisonment at sentencing Dec. 2.

Prosecutors said the visa program allowed employers to sponsor aliens for jobs in the United States after declaring they had been unable to find qualified U.S. workers to fill the positions.

Michelle I. Pappadakis, 21, of Sterling, Va., Global’s vice president, and Bemba Balsirov, 48, of Howell, N.J., also pleaded guilty yesterday to related charges. They face maximum sentences of five years’ imprisonment at the December hearing.

Rex B. Wingerter, 52, of Hyattsville, Global’s general counsel, pleaded guilty this month to failing to report a felony and will be sentenced Nov. 18. He faces three years in prison.

Government records show that Global filed at least 1,400 fraudulent applications as part of the scheme. Global conducted much of its business in cash, and Ivanchukov said Global structured its cash deposits at its bank in amounts less than $10,000 to avoid triggering a currency transaction report by the bank.

Prosecutors said Ivanchukov and Global also failed to file a federal income-tax return and failed to report any income during the four-year conspiracy, although Global had revenues of $3.2 million.

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