Two Clinton businessmen are pleading guilty to federal charges in a visa fraud case. Fazal Mehmood and Vincent Maheshwari face between 18 to 60 months in prison in the scam that federal officials say brought hundreds of workers to the United States illegally. The two men entered into a plea agreement; they will be sentenced September 3rd.
They are charged with 2 counts of money laundering and visa fraud. They were previously indicted by a grand jury, along with their Clinton business, Worldwide Software Services. By pleading guilty on Friday, they waived a jury trial, which was set to begin today.
Both men are being held in federal custody. The government says that the men, through Worldwide Software Services and Sana Systems, sponsored hundreds of foreign nationals to work specific jobs within the organizations. The nationals were charged illegal expenses to obtain their visas and then were told to find their own work when they arrived.