Kansas technology firm pleads guilty to visa fraud

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A Kansas information technology firm has admitted bringing foreign employees into the U.S. under a specialty worker program when it did not have work readily available for them.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas information technology firm has admitted bringing foreign employees into the U.S. under a specialty worker program when it did not have work readily available for them.

Court documents show Overland Park-based iNEX Technologies pleaded guilty Thursday to visa fraud in a deal with the government to pay $552,601 in restitution and a $30,000 fine.

The company admitted in its plea agreement that it filed paperwork under the H-IB special worker program claiming foreign workers would be paid when they arrived. However, iNEX acknowledged it would not pay them until they found work with one of its contract vendors.

In a separate case, the government also deferred prosecution of company owners Preetham Kodiripaka and Sudhir Dodda. They did not immediately return a phone message left at their office.


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