Cupertino Man Indicted on Visa Fraud Charges

A Cupertino man is accused of submitting false immigration forms and lying about having high-tech jobs for visa applicants.

A Cupertino businessman was arrested this week on visa fraud charges after he allegedly made false claims that he was offering jobs to visa applicants, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Balarkishan Patwardhan was arrested Friday after being indicted on Wednesday on 19 counts of visa fraud, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

Patwardhan allegedly submitted false immigration forms and supporting documents claiming that visa applicants had high technology job offers when he knew that he did not have jobs for them, the statement said.

Patwardhan was released on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court April 22.

The maximum penalty for visa fraud is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Hidi Brown March 31, 2013 at 05:15 PM
**** no wonder ., there is a colony of people from India. in Sunnyvale , Cupertino area., they bring each other hear on false document and guess what..? they have infiltrated the area and the company's....., and higher each other & the entire village as well.., mostly on false digress and qualifications..., the gullible Americans will never learn.
Poot March 31, 2013 at 05:45 PM
No racism in your comment, right? Race never enters into your thinking at all, I'm sure.


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