By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Edison, New Jersey raided Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI), an international technology consulting firm on December 4, 2019. ICE hauled away boxes of documents and at least one computer. The ICE office in Newark said it could not comment on ongoing investigations.

Markus Meyenhofer and Andrew Ragland, who previously worked with LTI filed a federal discrimination suit against the company in October 2019, alleging issues with its H-1B visa application process. According to the lawsuit, “LTI submits fraudulent invitation letters in connection with its H-1B visa applications to increase its chances of securing the highest number of visas possible during the lottery process.” The lawsuit also claimed, "significant procedural and substantive shortcomings and documentary discrepancies reflective of widespread visa fraud in (LTI’s) applications to the United States government for visas…”.

LTI is a publicly traded company that reported over $1.35 billion in the last fiscal year. The company is based in Mumbai and has multiple operations across the U.S. and 30 countries. Its U.S. operations are headquartered in Edison, NJ.

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