'Driven by greed': Bellevue ex-CEO gets over 7 years for visa fraud scheme

KOMO | 9/20/2019 | Staff
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SEATTLE - The former CEO of two Bellevue tech firms was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in federal prison for a sophisticated visa fraud scheme that cheated workers out of their wages and cheated the government out of over $1 million in taxes.

Pradyumna Kumar Samal, 50, a citizen of India, then used the illegally obtained cash to enrich himself and fund a luxurious lifestyle, court records show.

Samal - August - Flight - Sea-Tac - Airport

Samal was arrested in August 2018 when he arrived on an international flight at Sea-Tac Airport and has been in custody ever since his arrest.

At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said “Based on your time in the U.S. you have basically defrauded everyone you could defraud. ... You engaged in an extensive scheme ... driven by greed - nothing more, nothing less.”

US - Attorney - Brian - Moran - Visa

U.S. Attorney Brian Moran called it "the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington."

"The fraud harmed the workers who wound up far from home ... with no pay and no job. It harmed foreign workers who legitimately sought, but could not get visas, and it harmed U.S. workers who were excluded from employment opportunities," Moran said.

Records - Case - Companies - Samal - Scheme

According to records filed in the case, two companies incorporated by Samal engaged in a scheme sometimes referred to as "bench-and-switch," to exploit foreign national workers, compete unlawfully in the market and defraud the U.S. government.

Both companies were in the business...
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