Business owner, 2 firms face visa fraud charges

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say the part-owner of two information technology firms and an employee fraudulently used a visa program to reduce skilled labor costs.

Prosecutors filed conspiracy charges against Sowrabh Sharma, of New York; his two firms, Jersey City-based SCM Data and MMC Systems, of Ashburn, Virginia; and Shikha Mohta, a Jersey City man who is head of finance for both companies.

Sharma was arrested Monday and was scheduled to make his initial court appearance later in the day. It’s not known if he has an attorney who could comment on the accusations.

Mohta was arrested in May 2015 and remains free on a $100,000 bond.

Prosecutors say the companies offered consultants to clients in need of IT support. Prosecutors say the two men lied in saying the foreign workers had full-time positions and were paid an annual salary.

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