Kurusu pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with a wire fraud scheme involving the hiring of Indian teachers to teach in the US. He was found guilty on two counts of wire fraud; one count of fraud in foreign labor contracting; one count of tampering with a witness, victim or an informant; and, one count of making a false statement on a visa application.
Kurusu admitted that he had used fraudulent means to defraud individuals of amount higher than $50,000 during the period of December 2012 – May 2016. He promised them visa packages through his company that poised as a company offering H1-B visas, teaching jobs, and the maintenance of those jobs.
According to the US Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas, Kurusu, who is a temporary work visa holder, established a separate company called Samaritan Educational Services (Samaritan) that which is against the general H-1B rules.
Kurusu allegedly placed advertisements about his firm in Hyderabad, India, calling for application from people who are interested in teaching in the US, which will be processed for a fee. He was able to convince the applicants that they will have to move their visa and job application through his company in order to get the job.
Kurusu, who worked as a Math teacher at Fort Stockton High School located in Fort Stockton, Texas, acted as a middle man in between the applicants and both the State Department, the issuer of visas, and the Fort Stockton Independent School District (FSISD).
He made the victims believe that not a single penny of the amount they pay for the visa processing went to him. In the contrary, Kurusu filed the applications for a nominal fee and routed the rest to his pocket.
The victims provided Kurusu with the information required for setting up all paperwork for visa and to obtain a job at FSISD. While promoting his scheme, Kurusu used this information to place a buffer between the victims and both the State Department and FSISD.