Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Visa Fraud Ring Broken

International Personnel Resources is - or was, until yesterday - a Philadelphia area body shop that supplied Mexican workers to landscapers, builders and golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic area. Today, the owner of IPR and three of his company officers are charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and related crimes, including the filing of more than 1,600 fraudulent documents to the government between 2003 and 2008.

The four co-defendants face prison time and fines, and the Feds are also seeking forfeiture of illegal gains in the amount of $1 million. None of IPR's client companies have been charged.

Read the details in the U.S. Department of Justice press release. It refers to a "criminal information filing," which usually means a plea deal has been reached between prosecutors and defendants.

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