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In Pecos, George Mariadas Kurusu, a 58-year-old Indian national and a Fort Stockton Independent School District (FSISD) teacher, pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with a wire fraud scheme involving the hiring of Indian nationals to teach in the United States announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Steven Grell, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Regional Office, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, and Michael V. Perkins. Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Field Office, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge David B. Fannin yesterday, Kurusu pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud; one count of fraud in foreign labor contracting; one count of tampering with a witness, victim or an informant; and, one count of making a false statement on a visa application. By pleading guilty, Kurusu admitted that from December 2012 to May 2016, he defrauded several individuals out of more than $50,000 for a “visa package” provided by a company he owned which promised H1-B visas, teaching jobs, and the maintenance of those jobs and visas for his victims.

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