Criminal Complaint Alleges that CEO Led Multi-Year Scheme Involving Forged and Fraudulent Documents to Get Visas for Specialty-Occupation Employment

The CEO of two Bellevue, Washington information-technology firms was arrested yesterday afternoon at Sea-Tac Airport on a charge relating to a multi-year visa-fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  PRADYUMNA KUMAR SAMAL, 49, a citizen of India, was taken into custody as he arrived from an international flight.  The criminal complaint describing the visa-fraud scheme was filed under seal in April 2018, soon after SAMAL fled the United States while the investigation was ongoing.  SAMAL remained out of the country until yesterday when he was arrested by law enforcement.  SAMAL will make his initial appearance on the charges in U.S. District Court in Seattle at 2:00 PM today.

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