And the hits just keep on coming.
A South African businessman was arrested along with his
girlfriend and business partner in early June on work visa fraud.
This news comes after the The U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agency recently arrested 27 illegal aliens in Maryland, Illinois
and Missouri who had valid licenses to transport hazardous materials, state
commercial driver’s licenses or state driver’s licenses.
Unlike the rest, the South Africans allegedly schemed to
bring workers to the U.S. using temporary H-2A work visas, but then sent them
to work for employers other than those designated in the visa applications.
According to ICE, Petrus Botes and Joyce Coetzee ran PJ
Services, a company in Bennington, KS, that provided foreign workers for
agricultural and trucking operations in a seven-state region.
The two are accused of filing petitions for the visas
without the consent of the employers; applying for more workers than were
needed; forging workers’ signatures; falsifying job descriptions; lying about
the nature of the businesses in question; and sending workers to employers not
designated on the visa petitions.
The pair had already been convicted on visa fraud charges in
Kansas in 2002 and recently received orders for deportation. If they are
convicted on the most recent charges, they will serve any sentence given and
then be deported.