A federal grand jury has indicted Jayavel Murugan, CEO of Dynasoft Synergy, and Syed Nawaz for using false documents to apply for H-1B visa workers. Dynasoft would operate as an “employment firm” and illegally bring in a pool of foreign tech workers to lease to other tech companies.

They were able to use false documents to replace American workers at Stanford University, Cisco, and Brocade, even though the employers were not looking to hire H-1B workers.

Both men are charged with 26 counts including H-1B visa fraud, using fraudulent documents, mail fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy to commit visa fraud. Each charge can carry penalties of between two and 20 years in prison.

“Fraud is very rampant in the visa process,” Sara Blackwell, President of Protect U.S. Workers, told Breitbart Texas. “The legitimate H-1B visa program is awful enough. I see fraud … I hear about it constantly. It’s very, very common.”

A recent economic study found that that without H-1B visas the tech-industry wages would have increased by 5.1% and employment of U.S. workers in the field would have increased by 10.8%.

A recent Politico Poll showed that the H-1B visa is unpopular with American voters with only 30% saying they believed that H-1B visas are needed to fill jobs.

2011 study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office exposed how the H-1B visa was being exploited and showed that there was very little oversight of the program. According to the report the government doesn't even know how many workers are actually in the U.S. on H-1B visas at any given time.

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Updated: Thu, Apr 13th 2017 @ 9:55am EDT