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Brownsville twins guilty in visa fraud scheme

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A federal jury has convicted twin brothers from Brownsville of conspiring to obtain fraudulent work visas in exchange for payment.

The jurors handed down guilty verdicts against Alberto and Bernardo Pena for obtaining visas for immigrants from India in exchange for at least $20,000 per visa. The scheme generated an estimated $1.8 million in profits for the defendants.

The Penas encouraged 87 Indian nationals to illegally enter the United States on temporary visas, knowing they didn’t intend to work for the company that was used to get their visas or to return to India when their visas expired.

The brothers face a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy convictions in addition to up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each of the 15 counts of the convictions for encouraging and inducing illegal immigration.

Final note: Employers that hire foreign nationals should be aware of the groundswell of popular resentment against employers that hire from overseas. The resentment is being fueled by rising unemployment and falling wages here in the United States.

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