By: Bruce E Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

Weiyn “Kelly” Huang, owner of the fictitious companies, Findream LLC and Sinocontech LLC, has pleaded guilty to F-1 visa fraud involving a scheme to use these fake companies to extend immigrant graduating F-1 students’ stays under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. OPT allows graduating F-1 students to work in the United States for in their field of study and an additional two years if the student has a degree and is employed in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field.

The plea agreement stated Huang, a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, created Findream and Sinocontech with the purpose to falsify documents for F-1 non-immigrant visas under OPT as well as documents for non-immigrant H-1B visas.

After pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Huang faces between 37 months to 46 months in prison under Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A Federal Judge is scheduled to sentence Huang in March 2020 and could depart from the recommended guidelines and issue a sentence either more lenient or stricter than listed in the plea agreement.

The plea agreement states Huang received as little as $200 from one student/customer for her to provide him a false Findream employment offer letter to as much as $9,000 for false H-1B visa employment information. The plea agreement also states Huang earned $1.5+ Million and profited approximately $800,000 from the scheme, which lasted about 5 ½ years.

Court records also show Huang falsified payroll records, set up direct deposit records, and issued fraudulent offer letters, verifications of employment letters, payroll and 1099-MISC tax forms, all when she knew that none of these customers worked either at Findream or Sinocontech. At least 2,685 different customers paid either Findream or Sinocontech to fraudulently list them as employees.

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