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Indian American ‘businesswoman’ in New York Raina Massey arrested for H-1B visa fraud

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Massey has many complaints of cheating against her.

AB Wire

Fraud. Dollars, handcuffs.

 

An Indian American woman based in Elmont, New York, Raina Massey, wo claims to be a medical doctor from India, who has a long history of complaints of cheating against her, through various ‘businesses’ that she indulged in, has been arrested on charges of H-1B visa fraud, for luring foreigners with nonexistent jobs and charging them unnecessary visa fee.

Massey, the head of Newark, New Jersey-based Care Worldwide (CWW), is facing charges of wire fraud, visa fraud and identity theft after she allegedly conducted a multifaceted immigration scheme from February 2012 to March 2015, federal authorities said.

According to federal prosecutors, from February 2012 through March 2015, Massey and others executed the fraud scheme through her company, which purported to be a clinical research company, but was actually a shell company that did little to no legitimate work of any kind.

Massey and others sought out and advertised for qualified foreign professionals, purportedly to work for CWW in clinical research positions as beneficiaries of H-1B visas. These beneficiaries became victims of the scheme because the advertised positions did not actually exist.

For one set of victims, Massey engaged in “benching”, a form of fraud in which she and others falsely represented that the beneficiaries would have specialty technical jobs waiting for them upon their arrival at CWW.

After taking illegal payments from these beneficiaries, Massey and others then completed applications for H-1B visas for these beneficiaries. However, when the beneficiaries arrived in the United States, Massey and others employed them in menial tasks, such as handing out fliers on street corners.

For a second set of victims, Massey and others, after illegally taking payments from the victims, never actually applied for H-1B visas. She and others provided these victims with false and fraudulent Form I-797Cs, which contained receipt numbers from other, previously filed, H-1B visa applications.

For a third set of victims, Massey and others, after illegally taking payments from the victims based on fraudulent representations regarding H-1B visas, never provided any documentation whatsoever to the victims.

In all cases, Massey and others demanded and took illegal payments from victims in exchange for purportedly filing H-1B visa applications on behalf of the victims, federal prosecutors alleged. The purported job positions didn’t exist.

Courthouse News Service, had in a report in 2012, said that Massey through CWW charged three Filipino college graduates thousands of dollars in “training fees” for nonexistent jobs, put them to forced labor and threatened to have them deported if they complained.

The workers – Isidra Tuburan, Rosalinda Quilario and Wendolen Almonte – sued Raina Massey, Jerry Sona, and Care Worldwide, in Federal Court. Sona, Massey’s brother, runs the company’s Manhattan office, the workers say.

Massey used non-immigrants, including Filipinos and Indians, to recruit foreign workers to be sponsored for H-1B visas, the complaint stated. Once Massey interviewed and approved a candidate for sponsorship, the women say, the candidate was required to pay at least $3,500 in “immigration application fees” and another $3,000 in training fees for the prospective jobs. They claim that Massey delayed filing the H-1B petitions after collecting the fees, sometimes for months, and in some cases never filed the petitions.

Pix11, in a report published in 2014, noted that Massey claimed she went to medical school in India, but no details were given.

Pix11 was contacted by Seonarine Bishundial, a Queens, NY-based man and his wife Shanti, who paid Massey $100,000 for a franchise to do clinical research training. Seonarine says he did his homework but after Massey got his money nothing more happened.

“She keep ignoring phone calls and then I realized that something is not right.”

The Bishundials took their information to the Queens DA. Massey agreed to return their money. It hasn’t happened till now.



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