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Document and Benefit Fraud

Orlando, Fla., man sentenced for visa fraud following ICE-led investigation

ORLANDO, Fla. - A 55-year-old Orlando resident who created more than one hundred shell companies to facilitate employment-based visa fraud on behalf of aliens from around the world was sentenced here yesterday to a prison term of 18 months to be followed by two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service.

Paul Svejda was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Antoon II. Svejda was ordered to turn himself in to the Bureau of Prisons on March 5, 2008, to begin his sentence. On Oct. 7, 2007, he entered a guilty plea for visa fraud. The second defendant, Alan C. Tilley, who is also charged with visa fraud, is a fugitive and it is believed that he resides in the United Kingdom.

This investigation focused on a variety of non-immigrant visa fraud schemes including H-1B (Specialty Occupation), L-1 (Intra-Company Transferee), and E-2 (Treaty Investor) visas. According to court documents, it was learned that Svejda incorporated a business called U.S. Visa Center, Inc., in Florida in 2002. The company's name was later changed to One-Stop U.S.A. In 2004, Tilley became part owner of U.S. Visa Center, Inc., and subsequently One-Stop U.S.A. The defendants created fake documents such as forged or bogus support letters, bogus stock certificates, forged and/or fictitious foreign corporate documents, inflated financial figures and fraudulent lease agreements that were submitted to the government in support of hundreds of fraudulent visa petitions/applications. The investigation has revealed that the targets charged between $5,000 and $20,000 for their visa processing services.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations (OLRFI). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also assisted in the investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cynthia Hawkins.

This case was part of ICE's Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF). The DBFTF was created in March 2006, to target, seize illicit proceeds of and dismantle the criminal organizations that threaten national security and public safety and address the
vulnerabilities that currently exist in the immigration process. Through DBFTFs, ICE partners with other agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of State and various state and local law enforcement agencies. These task forces focus their efforts on detecting, deterring and disrupting both benefit fraud and document fraud.