Raina Massey (51) of Elmont, New York was arrested March 11, 2016 for allegedly orchestrating a H-1B visa fraud scheme through her shell Newark (NJ) company, Care Worldwide (CWW).
Raina has been charged with two counts of wire fraud, one count of visa fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Raina Massey pleaded not guilty Friday, March 11 and was released on $150,000 bond.
According to the complaint filed by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman in the Newark (NJ) Federal Court:
From February 2012 through March 2015, Massey and others executed the fraud scheme through her company, Care Worldwide, which purported to be a clinical research company, but was actually a shell company that did little to no legitimate work of any kind. Massey and others sought out and advertised for qualified foreign professionals, purportedly to work for CWW in clinical research positions as beneficiaries of H-1B visas. These beneficiaries became victims of the scheme because the advertised positions did not actually exist.
For one set of victims, Massey engaged in “benching,” a form of fraud in which Massey and others falsely represented that the beneficiaries would have specialty technical jobs waiting for them upon their arrival at CWW. After taking illegal payments from these beneficiaries, Massey and others then completed applications for H-1B visas for these beneficiaries. However, when the beneficiaries arrived in the United States, Massey and others employed them in menial tasks, such as handing out flyers on street corners.
For a second set of victims, Massey and others, after illegally taking payments from the victims, never actually applied for H-1B visas. Massey and others provided these victims with false and fraudulent Form I-797Cs, which contained receipt numbers from other, previously filed, H-1B visa applications.
For a third set of victims, Massey and others, after illegally taking payments from the victims based on fraudulent representations regarding H-1B visas, never provided any documentation whatsoever to the victims.
In all cases, Massey and others demanded and took illegal payments from victims in exchange for purportedly filing H-1B visa applications on behalf of the victims.
Each wire fraud count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
The visa fraud count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison; and the aggravated identity theft count carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, to run consecutive to any sentence imposed on any other count.
Each count carries a potential fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.
Raina Massey must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.