flesl.net paired stories: reading puzzle key: (Immigration Scams)

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Two Immigration Scams (KEY)

the switched pairs:

“seized” (line 3)  & “qualified” (line 4)

“skills” (line 6)  &  “computers” (line 4)

“earned” (line 9)  & “arrested” (line 16)

“returned” (line 11)  & “explained”(line 5)

“fake” (line 12)  & “consultant” (line 3)

“profit” (line 12) & “offer” (line 13)

I: Nilesh (corrected text)
In February 2009, in Edison, New Jersey, U.S.A. Nilesh Dasondi, was charged with operating an immigration scam. His bail was set at $US800,000. The bank accounts of his company, Cygate Software and Consulting were seized. He was ordered to stay in his house under electronic monitoring. Through his company, Nilesh had applied to the American government for six H-1B visas. Visas of this kind are given to people who want to immigrate to the U.S. and who have special skills that are badly needed there. Having one makes it easy for a would-be immigrant to get into the country and eventually to become an American citizen. The men to whom Nilesh sold the visas did not really have the required skills and they never really worked for Cygate software. Instead they earned their living by doing ordinary under-the-table jobs. They paid Nilesh between $US10,000 and $US15,000 for the visas. In addition they gave Nilesh a certain amount of money every month which he returned to them in the form of a fake paycheck after taking off a small profit for himself. They then submitted copies of the checks to the government as proof that they really were working for Cygate Software. Altogether they are thought to have paid him about $US250,000 for his help. The men also paid Nilesh to submit false health insurance payments on their behalf. After the scam was uncovered, all six men were arrested along with Nilesh.

II: Kumar (corrected text)
In 2002, Mr X was living in Auckland, New Zealand. He wanted to stay there, but he couldn’t apply for immigrant status unless he could prove that he had a job offer. He went to see an immigration consultant called Kumar Choudary. Kumar said he knew of a job working with computers—a job for which Mr X was well qualified. To actually get the offer, however, Mr X would have to pay $NZ3500. Kumar explained that he knew people who worked in the government immigration office who would speed things up if they were paid to do so. Mr X paid and received a written job offer from a company called Xzact. He submitted it to the government but eight months later he still hadn’t got a reply. Then he phoned Xzact to ask what was happening, but no one knew what he was talking about. He went back to Kumar who explained there had been a mix-up in the immigration office and asked for another $NZ3000. Mr X gave Kumar the money and got another offer from a company called Mantech. Kumar phoned Mantech right away and was told there really was a job for him there. The government refused to accept the offer however. Mr X went back to Kumar a third time and was “offered” another job with a grass-cutting company. This time he lost $NZ2500. After that Mr X went to another immigration consultant who found him a real job working in a service station. He eventually became a citizen of New Zealand and began working as a taxi-driver. In 2008 Kumar was arrested and convicted of immigration fraud.

- the information came from these sources (consulted August 21, 2009):
(1) The Saja Forum, June 18, 2008: http://www.sajaforum.org/2008/06/crime-nilesh-da.html
(2) New Jersey Real-Time News, Feb. 19, 2009 http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/02/four_admit_guilt_in_immigratio.html
(3) nzherald.com, Dec. 8, 2008, http://www.nzherald.co.nz/recruitment/news/article.cfm?c_id=83&objectid=10546912
(4) Scoop Independent News, June 11, 2009: http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/23148.html)