An international employee recruiter was sentenced today to two years in prison for visa fraud to bring to United States more than 100 foreigners with H-2B visas to work in his company but then they not totally worked at all for him or were transferred to other employers.
Milen Radomirski, age 34, a Bulgarian national residing in Germantown, Maryland, admitted in the courtroom of Greenbelt in Maryland, that he fraudulently obtained more than 100 H-2B visas. This is a non-immigrant visa granted to citizens of other countries to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis.
According to his plea agreement, from 2003 to August 2013, Radomirski worked for a pool service company in Maryland that provided lifeguards and pool maintenance in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. As part of his employment, Radomirski recruited international workers that his company could sponsor to work in the U.S. on H-2B visas and other short-term visas.
“American businesses are permitted to sponsor foreign workers to enter the United States lawfully under the H-2B visa program, but Milen Radomirski undermined that program by falsely vouching for hundreds of aliens who were not expected to comply with the terms of the visa,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
Radomirski admitted also that he charged visa beneficiaries money in exchange for including them on his company’s petitions for H-2B visas. Radomirski knew that many of the visa beneficiaries would not work for his company at all, would only work at his company for a short period of time, or would work for other employers in addition to his company.
The law said that sponsored workers could not legally be employed by any other company. The company was required to notify DHS if an H-2B worker failed to report to work within five days after their specified start date or if a worker absconded or was terminated.
The verdict was issued by the U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm, who also ordered Radomirski to forfeit $100,000.