Infosys Visa Fraud Will Be Thrust Into National Media Spotlight Tomorrow Morning

Don Tennant

In my April 5 post, "Who Will Infosys Throw Under the Bus in Visa Fraud Case?," I wrote that Infosys was going to have to deal with a major media outlet exposing its shameless behavior, and I mentioned I had a hunch it would happen sooner rather than later. "Sooner" will come just one week later, on tomorrow morning's "CBS This Morning" broadcast. Senior correspondent John Miller will bring the story of Infosys employee and whistleblower Jay Palmer, and the federal criminal investigation that Palmer's case spawned, to millions of households and a mainstream audience that up until now have been in the dark, where Infosys had dearly hoped they'd remain.

 

The broadcast will come 18 months and a day after Palmer filed his now-famous whistleblower report, and Miller is the ideal broadcast journalist to bring the tale of Palmer's ordeal, and Infosys's actions, to the public at large. Miller, of course, is the journalist who in May 1998, when he was with ABC News, interviewed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. He left ABC in January 2003 to enter public service, and among the positions he held over the next eight years were Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department's Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau; Assistant Director for Public Affairs at the FBI; and Associate Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analytic Transformation and Technology. He returned to broadcast journalism in November of last year, landing at CBS News. So Miller has the government credentials, experience and journalistic prowess to have recognized the significance of the Infosys visa fraud story.

 

To appreciate the value of Miller's reporting and the stage that is being set by the high-profile coverage of the story by CBS News, consider this excerpt from my aforementioned post from last week:

As the U.S. government wraps up its criminal investigation of the rampant visa fraud made public by Infosys employee and whistleblower Jay Palmer, very high-profile mainstream media coverage is likely to blow the lid off of Infosys' arrogant public dismissal of the government's case in the very near future. When the heat in the Infosys kitchen gets unbearably hot as a result of the case suddenly being thrust into the media spotlight, it will be interesting to watch the finger-pointing and blame-shifting begin in earnest. [T]hings are going to get very ugly, very quickly, when Infosys' outrageous actions are exposed by a high-profile mainstream media outlet. It's only a matter of time, and I have a hunch that it's going to be sooner rather than later. And when it happens, it will be fascinating to see how Infosys handles it. It will be equally fascinating to see who's thrown under the bus when the feds make it clear that denial is a bus ticket to indictment.

The timing of Miller's report is impeccable. On Friday, Infosys will report its quarterly earnings, and the company's top executives will have to answer analysts' questions in the quarterly earnings call. One can only imagine what will be happening in the C-suites of Infosys tomorrow morning. Hold on to your seats, because anyone who follows this story from here on out is in for a wild ride.



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Apr 11, 2012 1:28 AM George Alexander George Alexander  says:

That's a good development! Hopefully there should also be an evening repeat when more people can watch. I don't know who except houses wives and house husbands would take time to watch a whole documentary in the morning instead of worrying about rush hour and making breakfast.

They should also have a program that describes how outsourcing firms in general work, abuse visas, evade taxes, avoid local hiring etc. I'm sure there will be plenty of current and former insiders would come forward if their annonymity could be protected.

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Apr 11, 2012 5:03 AM Hireamerican Hireamerican  says:

Yawn.....nothing will happen to Infosys.....us little people and our pitiful government are no match for big corporations like Infosys...

Folks...get used to the new way of life here in the good old USA.......

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Apr 11, 2012 5:24 AM john80224 john80224  says: in response to R. Lawson

Re: Forbes, were you as dumbfounded to run across this one yesterday as I?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forrester/2012/04/10/true-global-outsourcing-should-end-the-visa-debate/

I'm far from expecting this to be the beginning of the end, but when the same place that was Stuart Anderson's biweekly forum for telling us how the only thing that separates the US from chimps is an ever-increasing flow of foreign "job creators", it is heartening that some tides may be changing.

@Don, thank you!

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Apr 11, 2012 5:25 AM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says:

The preview of the CBS coverage is up:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7404966n

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Apr 11, 2012 6:31 AM warrior22 warrior22  says:

Sorry to burst the bubble but this case is going to be in trash soon. You guys are going to be really disappointed.

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Apr 11, 2012 6:48 AM Taj Taj  says:

WIPRO is another company which needs to be investigated.They bring people on Visitor Visa/Business Visa and those people work full time employees and work on Client Site .

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Apr 11, 2012 7:18 AM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says: in response to Taj

Perhaps you should send your suggestion to CBS News directly. I think they might be able to focus some attention on it now:

http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/feedback/fb_news_form.shtml?tag=ftr

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Apr 11, 2012 7:24 AM insider insider  says: in response to Hireamerican

Not when all their evidence is exposed.   It's deep and wide, deep and wide.

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Apr 11, 2012 7:36 AM Insider Insider  says: in response to insider

Instead of who will Infosys under the bus maybe the title should also be "Who else will throw Infosys under the bus??"  There's a long line with a lot of information.  And how will all their Fortune 500 clients feel when they realize their back office is going to crash?

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Apr 11, 2012 7:54 AM some guy some guy  says:

Story will be short blip on screen. Nothing to see here. I also heard Infosys is winning legal cases.  The stock is up big time!

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Apr 11, 2012 8:00 AM Brian Tallon Brian Tallon  says: in response to R. Lawson

Roy,

I was reading an article on the CIS website (article link below), about an NFAP report and the CIS writer noted that the NFAP report was funded by the Carnegie Corporation

So, for that NFAP report, the funding source is known - I'm not sure how CIS found that information...

http://www.cis.org/Alleged-Costs-of-Ending-Universal-Birthright-Citizenship

From the CIS article: "National Foundation for American Policy report was funded by the Carnegie Corporation"

I would really like to see the NFAP and Stuart Anderson exposed (who's funding them) I think Stuart and Forbes are running some kind of "racket".

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Apr 11, 2012 8:09 AM Dolores Dolores  says: in response to Brian Tallon

Dire conditions for workers at IBM, according to the Endicott Alliance message board: IBM is hiding the Indian location of their employees from their customers by giving the employees entries in the US directory, complete with a US-based email address. And, IBMers who've survived the layoffs so far are now being told to report to an Indian manager in India. Wonder what their next appraisals will look like? It is predicted that their jobs will last only until the Indian manager learns how their jobs are done and arranges for his countrymen to take them over.

http://www.endicottalliance.org/jobcutsreports.php

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Apr 11, 2012 8:53 AM LABORFORAMERICANS LABORFORAMERICANS  says: in response to Dolores

How sad that our former blue chipper IBM has now sunk to the deep depths of the Indian Ocean along with the other scum-succing Indian companies like Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, etc.  US citizens are the most intelligent in the world - that's why they work for OUR companies, and it makes me sick that another one of OUR companies is now falling besiege to the likes of those liars and cheats.  Wake up America and greedy corporate execs - this is a fool's game and Americans are going to backlash on your back every day and every night until you do business legally and quit laying off OUR workers to this cheap foreign and ILLEGAL labor.  You get what you pay for - cheap in, cheap out.  May end up costing you A LOT MORE in the end.  See Jay Palmer run.  What one person can do - if we all come out of the dark and stand up like Jay did, we can turn this back around.

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Apr 11, 2012 8:55 AM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says: in response to Dolores

IBM has quite a few skeletons in its closet that it has hidden over the years. I remember reading about their Nazi connection years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocaust

Wouldn't surprise about this hiding of headcount.

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Apr 11, 2012 10:02 AM Vincenzo Vincenzo  says:

Thanks for the heads-up, Don.  My wife and I watch CBS This Morning every day, and I look forward to seeing this.  I'm happy that the show brought on Charlie Rose - I think he'll ask John Miller some hard-hitting questions.

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Apr 11, 2012 10:15 AM Pro Pro  says:

Hopefully this will lead to many more 'exposures' of the workarounds used by the off shoring firms!

And India complains about H1b fee increase at WTO! Unbelievable that another country wants a say in immigration and visa fees collected by another sovereign country?

The so called 'tech' firms should look deep within to see if they are really tech firms or glorified travel/employment agencies!

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Apr 11, 2012 10:20 AM R. Lawson R. Lawson  says: in response to Brian Tallon

" CIS writer noted that the NFAP report was funded by the Carnegie Corporation"

I know that Stuart Anderson makes about $180k running the organization, and more than that in prior years.  The money comes from somewhere.  It is consistent so I assume it is from a major donor - perhaps a single donor.  That's an interesting link to Carnegie - the report claims "A grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York funded the research for this NFAP paper."

I don't think it is likely that Carnegie is NFAP's primary source of funding though (just a hunch).  Knowing how Carnegie does things, you must apply for funding and it is specific to a project... plus I think that they require you to attribute them as the source of the money. 

The author of the paper in question is Margaret Stock... if I have the right Margaret Stock she is an immigration attorney in Anchorage Alaska (I lived there as a teenager - family still there).  That paper is probably just volunteer work.  Normally Anderson does the writing.  http://www.lanepowell.com/14111/margaret-d-stock/

Usually NFAP focuses on employment based visas - and even their reports on other issues always circle back to employment based visas.  This is not their usual "research".  Even though I don't agree with the paper's findings it was well written.  (http://www.nfap.com/pdf/NFAPPolicyBrief.BirthrightCitizenship.March2012.pdf) I don't think Anderson is capable of producing research of that caliber. 

He should let Margaret Stock make his H-1b arguments for him - hell I could could form a better argument than Anderson in support of the H-1b, and I oppose the program.  I just know all the "good talking points" that make people turn their brains off.  That's the only way H-1b law was passed, since it is so decidedly bad for Americans.  If he splits that $180k from last year I'll even ghost write for him. . . .just kidding.  I couldn't sell-out my nation for a paultry $180k... or even close to $1M that Anderson has brought in since NFAP was founded (according to filings).

Is Anderson and NFAP going to finally start indicating who funds them, or is this a one-time thing? 

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Apr 11, 2012 10:37 AM R. Lawson R. Lawson  says:

"The broadcast will come 18 months and a day after Palmer filed his now-famous whistleblower report, and Miller is the ideal broadcast journalist to bring the tale of Palmer's ordeal, and Infosys's actions, to the public at large."

I'm glad I didn't hold my breath.  Better late than never?

"Miller, of course, is the journalist who in May 1998, when he was with ABC News, interviewed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan."

That is very impressive.  I will be watching.  Hopefully the media in general picks up on this story and this issue and doesn't tow the corporate line as they usually do.  I'm sure we can expect Vivek Wadhwa to take to the airwaves talking up all the virtues of this program.  Coming soon to CNN Money where he'll call Ron Hira a xenophobe again?  I'm almost certain he will side with Infosys or claim that "this is just a blip on the radar".  We'll see, but the industry propagandists are sure to be out in full force by Friday morning. 

Forbes and the WSJ always follow this sort of news with pro H-1b editorials.  Who knows, maybe NFAP will release another "study" claiming that the H-1b visa will lead to a cure for all cancers and an end to aging.  BTW Don, have you ever been able to interview anyone at NFAP or find out where their funding comes from?  Inquiring minds want to know  

My guess is that you can expect "no comment" from NFAP and probably not even the common courtesy of saying "no comment".  They don't feel as if they need to answer to anyone to justify their tax exempt status.

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Apr 11, 2012 10:42 AM R. Lawson R. Lawson  says: in response to john80224

Yes, very surprised that Forbes allowed that to be published.  Their editor must of been hung over or something... allowing an article opposing the H-1b to be published. 

There was another link that didn't get mention ever to my knowledge, which is a ruling against Microsoft in an H-1b case - where Microsoft failed to pay for health benefits:

http://www.oalj.dol.gov/Decisions/ALJ/LCA/2010/CHILDS_DR_RUSSELL_JO_v_MICROSOFT_CORPORATIO_2010LCA00033_(JAN_11_2011)_132309_CADEC_SD_files/css/CHILDS_DR_RUSSELL_JO_v_MICROSOFT_CORPORATIO_2010LCA00033_(JAN_11_2011)_132309_CADEC_SD.HTM

Microsoft must have quietly swept that under the rug, because they have always claimed to follow the rules - and frankly I thought that they have been.

This is also interesting.  Microsoft claims to pay immigrants high wages.  This guy - a Ph.d. (Doctor Childs) was paid just $80k salary from Microsoft.  Apparently that went up the $97 soon after.. but still in Redmond for a doctor?  Just saying.  "Dr. Childs holds a PH.D from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in particle physics."  Sounds smart - and someone worth more than 6 figures.  If you read further, it appears that MS was trying to take custody of IP that he owned.

I think the H-1b in this case really was an issue of leverage, and Microsoft attempted to leverage their position over Childs to acquire his IP as part of a condition of employment.

And here is the SMOKING GUN:

Mr. Jackson's (the Microsoft attorney) e-mail also stated that if Dr. Childs elected not to sign the employment agreement, Microsoft would consider that a rejection of the offer of employment and would begin the repatriation process back to Dr. Childs country of origin. 

Wow - they literally said "sign this document, or be deported".  Don, are you reading this????  I wonder if he followed that sentence with the word "boy" for good measure.

Would be interesting to hear from Childs on the matter. 

Here is the final ruling: "I find that Microsoft violated 20 C.F.R. 655.731(c)(2) as it failed to pay Dr. Childs wages in U.S. funds when the wages were due for the period November 3, 2008 to February 15, 2009."

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Apr 11, 2012 10:43 AM Alyssa Alyssa  says:

Thanks for sharing this information, Don. I agree- the timing of Miller's report could not have been any more perfect.  I will definitely be tuning in to CBS tomorrow morning to see this broadcast concerning the Infosys Visa Fraud. It will be interesting to see what other consequences the company might have to face after their dark secret is exposed by a major media outlet.

Alyssa

Mosaic Technology

http://mosaictec.com

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Apr 11, 2012 11:22 AM Dolores Dolores  says: in response to Alyssa

Interesting timing. http://www.livemint.com/2012/04/09210628/Entry-barriers-of-another-kind.html

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Apr 11, 2012 11:42 AM VictimOfInfosys VictimOfInfosys  says:

They are many other practises of Infosys which alteast should be exposed among IT professionals. At the time of recruitment they cheat people on skill sets, level at which they are taken in, they say completely different things to trap resources into the project. Once the resource is in the project and gets to know the reality, release is not given under the pretext of "Non availability of replacement, possible negative impact on client business". The senior resource might be made to do job of entire offshore team who are on T&M (resource billable on per hour basis), under the pretext of team spirit & professionalism. The offshore team is either not competent to do the job or resources are working for some other client or may be nolonger present with the company itself. This is abusing the concept of offshoring itself and stealing. I can't even put the projects they made me to work. They way I was cheated and they way my career has been negatively impacted is enough to put any healty person into depression. This company should be shut down for the sake of IT industry and IT professionals. So far, I am unable to find lawyer who can guide me as how to drag this company to court.

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Apr 11, 2012 12:33 PM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says:

I hope this is the start of a series of mainstream media coverage of the Infosys case running upto the August trial. If nothing else, this will put the story in front of millions of people who might otherwise have not been aware of the issues. And not just about Infosys but the whole scam that has grown out of the H/temporary work visa misuse.

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Apr 12, 2012 3:29 AM Rahul Rahul  says:

I told the real truth in my last comment and it was removed.

DON DON't be so afraid.

I have a screen shot of my comment on your website and it will soon be on twitter, facebook, linkedin, orkut etc etc etc.

Good for you.It will increase traffic to your unknown website.

Have a screenshot of this as well.

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Apr 12, 2012 3:33 AM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Rahul

Take a screen shot of this:

Any comment that contains an insult or a personal attack directed at any individual, as your comment did, will be deleted. Now go away.

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Apr 12, 2012 3:48 AM Rahul Rahul  says: in response to Don Tennant

Well then put it back on and let people decide whether it contained an insult/ was a personal attack on an individual. If Possible, do counter my comment with some data/fact/logic.

Do look at some other comments on your website. I find them insulting the intelligence of people.

And by the way why has no other national publication including NYT covered this. NYT covered this in June last year and has since forgotten this.

AS YOU SAY:

THE MORE SENSITIVE IT IS. THE MORE IT WARRANTS DISCUSSION

OR ARE YOU NOT SENSITIVE ENOUGH TO LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE

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Apr 12, 2012 9:18 AM ER ER  says:

Did anyone thought about Accenture?

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Apr 12, 2012 9:47 AM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says: in response to some guy

Sorry to burst your bubble...

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57412896/whistleblower-calls-out-it-giant-over-u.s-jobs/?tag=cbsnewsSectionContent.0

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Apr 13, 2012 8:12 AM Matt Lee Matt Lee  says: in response to Don Tennant

Congrats Don.. Your blog is still reminder of the hope that Infosys will see a bad light at the end of this visa fraud journey on Aug 25. Keep up the good work. Today Infosys shares fell very low and on top of that visa fraud getting CBS news channel attention. The CBS episode will turn the spark into fire and we will get to see soemthing that was never witnessed before in the media about Infosys and other Indian IT bodyshopping thugs

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Apr 13, 2012 11:29 AM George George  says: in response to Matt Lee

This is what I read as Infosys response:

As a global leader in consulting and technology, Infosys has a policy that requires our employees to understand and fully comply with the immigration laws and visa requirements in the 30 countries of the world where we do business for our clients. This includes work for our clients in the United States.

On occasions where individuals have reported seeing or hearing of employees who may have acted in ways inconsistent with our above-mentioned policy, we thoroughly investigate these reports and, based on our findings, take appropriate disciplinary action consistent with our published Code of Ethics. In some cases, this action has included dismissal from the company.

We can say, without qualification, that:

There is not, nor was there ever a policy to use the B-1 visa program to circumvent the H-1B program. Similarly there is not, nor was there ever a policy to misuse the H1-B program; Infosys did not have a policy of sending employees to the United States on B-1 visas to do the work expected of workers on H-1B visas; Reports of employee behavior inconsistent with company policy, immigration laws or visa requirements were handled in accordance with our published procedures for handling whistleblower complaints and in compliance with the law; And, consistent with our Code of Ethics, we have not retaliated against any employee for bringing any suspected incident to the company's attention.

Any allegation or assertion that there is or was a corporate policy of evading the law in conjunction with the B-1 visa program is simply untrue.

Finally, the story inaccurately represented the size and scope of our B-1 program in the United States. The number of our employees traveling to the U.S. on B-1 visas is, at any point in time, only a small fraction of all U.S. travel by Infosys employees -- typically less than 2% of the total number of Infosys personnel in the U.S.

And the average trip to the U.S. for an employee on a B-1 visa is less than four weeks, not up to a year, as the story suggests. The numbers and calculations reported in today's story are inaccurate and misleading.

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Apr 13, 2012 12:38 PM Da Truth Da Truth  says: in response to Rahul

Simply Awesome. Cmon, America. Let us do more. We should continue the media on Infosys followed by adding this as a strong issue in the political campaign. This will punish Infosys - the third rate fraudulent company with a bunch of morons in middle management who have no clue how to work in countires like America or US firms.

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Apr 15, 2012 3:19 AM Wakjob Wakjob  says:

You'd better bet the Feds have wiretaps on EVERY single communications channel in and out of the Indian sweatshops. The InfoSys case is just the tip of the iceberg. All of these shops are run like RICO organized crime syndicates. You had better believe there is going to be a massive waterfall of this kind of stuff coming out soon. India, Inc's days in America are over.

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Apr 17, 2012 2:15 AM EngiNERD EngiNERD  says:

Infosys Visa Fraud Will Be Thrust Into National Media Spotlight

Oh really?

It is  now  6  days  since  CBS  -  NEWS  ( This Morning)  broke the  INFOSYS story.

Has any  other   TV  news  program  aired this  news?   What of major  Mainstream  news publications ?

Looks to me the story  will  die......     as most  (ALL?)  of the American Job Destruction stories.

The scandal you are not hearing about:

http://www.etherzone.com/2002/jack102102.shtml    removed  but posted at

http://www.americanreformation.org/Articles/GlennJackson/EnronandH1BVisas.htm

Is Anybody out there?

Is Anybody listening?

www.rense.com/general35/wakeupNHwakeup.htm

suggested reading:   http://www.eiass.com/Articles.htm

     

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Apr 17, 2012 2:28 AM MD Azim hossain Rashed Rashed MD Azim hossain Rashed Rashed  says: in response to Vincenzo

Thanks for the heads-up. I like this comment.

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