You must be aware that the H1B visa is the most sought after Visa Category by IT professionals with an American Dream for entry into the USA. An H1B visa petition cannot be obtained by any individual - by himself/herself. Instead it has to be filed by an American Employer on your behalf.
There are many Indian companies (read "desi consultants" - that's how they are known in the US) who setup a small "shop" in the US - claiming that they are operating out of the USA - in addition to their branches in India. What these guys do is *not* development of software, though they claim to be software companies, but instead just body-shop people from India to the US. The employees of such desi companies are then contracted out to other software companies - which is how they make their money.
We are a group of engineers who got cheated by one such company that is spread across India, Singapore and the USA. This fraudulent company has collected Rs.50,000 in early 2009 from each of us to sponsor an H1B visa. After the payment was done, there has been no news from them. There is also no proof from them stating that they indeed tried to get an H1B petition for us. Their intention was most likely to pocket our money.
This company had offices in several parts of India, Singapore and USA. But now they seem to have shut most of their offices and cannot be traced. Their last known address is in Chennai.
Some had filed cases against the company. Some got their money. Some got cheques that bounced - and that too in the name of another company - which proves that these guys might be operating in another name now.
Having received a number of complaints against these guys, The police must be aware of the culprits. But the sad part is that these cheats are still out in the open, when they should have been behind bars.
Our group wants to get these guys arrested, get back Rs.50,000 + interest + compensation for mental agony, etc.
I am sure expert lawyers in this group understand our anger. Could someone give us suggestions to proceed?
How is ICRPC (icrpc dot org)?
Thanks for your help!