The investigation disclosed that between 2010 and 2013, Pothuru
collected approximately $450,000 in filing fees from workers he was
sponsoring under the H-1B nonimmigrant worker visa program.
Federal regulations prohibit employers from soliciting payments from
H-1B nonimmigrant workers to cover the costs associated with filing
fees. In addition, many of the H-1B nonimmigrant workers were also
beneficiaries of permanent foreign labor certification applications filed
by Pothuru. Permanent foreign labor certification filings typically
involve costs of approximately $2,000 in legal fees as well as $1,500
for advertising placement. These fees are in addition to filing fees.
Pothuru collected these fees from the employees he sponsored for permanent foreign labor certification
thorough his personal bank accounts. Pothuru subsequently submitted false applications in which he did
not identify the fees that he collected from the beneficiaries.