By: Bruce E Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law



A Chinese businesswoman, Weiyun Huang, owner of Findream LLC and Sinocontech LLC, was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit H-1B and OPT visa fraud. Huang previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud. Findream and Sinocontech previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit visa fraud.

Huang admitted in a plea agreement that she founded two companies, Findream LLC and Sinocontech LLC, for the purported purpose of employing foreign nationals in the United States. Huang advertised fraudulent visa-related employment with Findream on websites. In reality, in exchange for a fee, Huang and the companies provided false offer letters and verification of employment letters as purported evidence of employment, knowing the customers did not work at Findream or Sinocontech. See prior blog post for further information - https://discuss.ilw.com/blogs/bbucha...ployment-fraud.

For customers who sought proof of payroll, the customer had to provide the payroll funds to Huang, and Huang then created direct deposits, falsely purporting to be payroll payments, from Findream’s bank accounts to be deposited in the customers’ bank accounts, and issued Form 1099-MISC tax forms documenting the purported salary.

The fraud scheme allowed at least approximately 2,693 customers to list Findream or Sinocontech as their employer in order to stay in the U.S. on the visas. 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. Huang and her two companies received at least approximately $1.5 million from customers for whom they agreed to falsely certify employment.

If you are concerned about your company’s immigration compliance, including possible employment of undocumented workers, I invite you to read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book that I co-authored with Greg Siskind, available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379