Multiple sources are reporting that the Justice Department plans to issue its largest immigration fine in history to tech-consulting giant firm Infosys, for reportedly sneaking workers into the United States without proper visa documentation. The company had been sued on multiple charges of visa fraud, and is expected to pay $34 million in settlement fees.
The charges against Infosys began because of Jay Palmer, a principal consultant at the company and whistleblower that revealed the company’s practice of allowing workers to enter the U.S. on cheaper, easier-to-obtain visitor’s visas rather than the more difficult temporary work visas. Those individuals entering on a visitor’s visa would, then, of course, work for the company. The U.S. government alleges that this practice was not only illegal, but unnecessarily took away jobs from American workers.
According to CBS News, the company even issued documents to employees instructing them how to lie at customs and immigration once arriving int he United States.
Palmer said his decision to leak the company’s crimes came after an employee expressed his apprehension about being in the country.
“I had an employee over from India that had been over several times before, and he came up to me, and he was literally in tears. He told me he was over here illegally. He didn’t want to be here. He was worried that he would get caught,” Palmer said.
Palmer also claimed that the reason for the company to bring Indian workers to the United States in order to do jobs that many Americans were qualified to do was “purely profit.”
Infosys provides tech services both in India and for companies in the United States, including past clients Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart and Cisco. The exact settlement cost has not yet been officially issued, but is expected to be announced.