San Jose woman pleads guilty to visa fraud

A San Jose businesswoman has pleaded guilty to visa fraud after admitting she submitted false and forged documents to obtain H-1B visas, United States Attorney Brian Stretch announced Wednesday.

Sridevi Aiyaswamy, 50, pleaded guilty to three counts of visa fraud.

Prosecutors said she admitted that between April 2010 and June 2013 she made numerous false statements and submitted more than 25 fraudulent documents to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to obtain H-1B non-immigrant classifications for skilled foreign workers.

Prosecutors also said she falsely represented in I-129 petitions foreign worker beneficiaries would be working at Cisco, an information technology and networking company in San Jose, and she submitted counterfeit statements of work with forged signatures as back-up documentation to the I-129 petitions.

She was initially indicted on Dec. 3, 2015 with 34 counts of visa fraud. She pleaded guilty to three counts, and the government agreed to dismiss the remaining counts.

Aiyaswamy is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 15.