- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - An Indian national has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain foreign worker visas.

Thirty-two-year-old Hari Karne, of Hyderabad, India, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal court in New Jersey on Friday.

Prosecutors say Karne was an U.S. immigration manager with SCM Private Limited in India. Karne and other conspirators recruited foreign workers and sponsored their H-1B visas with the stated purpose that they would work for SCM Data and MMC Systems’ clients in the United States.

But prosecutors say that some workers were actually placed with other companies that had contracts with those companies. Those who did not get work were told to pay the companies to get fake payroll checks.

He faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

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