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Massive immigration fraud alleged in Hampton Roads

The feds say a criminal organization took in $11 million for supplying illegal workers to hotels and other businesses.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that 22 suspects were were arrested and brought into U.S. District Court yesterday.

According to the indictment, the ring leaders made a profit by applying for work visas using an inflated numbers of workers needed and then routing the extra workers to unauthorized work sites. The workers, mostly from Eastern Europe, Asia and Jamaica, were paid poorly and living in substandard housing. Rent and “taxes” deducted from their paychecks went into the ring leaders’ pockets.

A bond hearing for the suspects is set for this Friday.

By Sarah Rodriguez

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