Second Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Infosys Sparks Action from Sen. Grassley

Don Tennant

The second whistleblower retaliation lawsuit filed against Infosys, which I wrote about yesterday, compelled Sen. Charles Grassley to write to the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to request an update on the actions the government is taking to address the alleged violation of U.S. immigration law raised in that lawsuit and in the one filed last year by Jay Palmer.

The full text of the letter, dated Aug. 8, follows:

Dear Attorney General Holder, Secretary Clinton and Secretary Napolitano:

Last February, a lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Lowndes County, Alabama by Jack Palmer, alleging the Infosys Technologies, Ltd. was sending lower level and unskilled foreigners to the United States in direct violation of our visa laws. I write to inquire about the status of the government’s investigation against Infosys, especially in light of new allegations that Infosys has continued to violate immigration law to bring in foreign workers.

On August 2, 2012, Satya Dev Tripuraneni filed suit against Infosys in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Tripuraneni claims he was retaliated against by managers for exposing Infosys’ illegal practices in hiring foreign workers. According to the complaint, Mr. Tripuraneni was “asked to bring a client into confidence to allow an Infosys resource to come to the United States to work on a B1 (non-immigrant business) visa. Then Plaintiff was asked to persuade the client to agree not to bill a person on site, but rather to bill for dummy resources outside the United States who were not involved in the client’s business.”

Given the new allegation, I am interested in the government’s efforts to investigate fraud of the B-1 visa program and any pending activity with regard to this and previous lawsuits against Infosys. Accordingly, I ask that you provide an update as to the government’s actions in both of the aforementioned matters no later than August 30, 2012.

In the Tripuraneni matter referenced by Sen. Grassley regarding billing for dummy resources, the lawsuit alleges that Tripuraneni “was informed that the practice of acquiring visas for Infosys personnel on the false premise that they would be working in the United States for a client was something that was already done for Cisco, another Infosys client. In those cases, a client manager persuaded the client to bill for dummy offshore resources while the actual resource was in the United States on a B1 visa and working at the client location.”

The lawsuit also alleges that around the same time he discovered the practice of the fraudulent acquisition of visas, Tripuraneni “also became aware that Infosys had been charging clients for taxes over and above the required charge.” In essence, the lawsuit alleges, “Infosys was defrauding its own United States clients by charging them for taxes, a practice reserved for situations in which work was performed by Infosys personnel in other countries, even though U.S. Infosys personnel were involved in serving a United States client.”

Infosys did not respond to a request for comment.

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Aug 13, 2012 2:18 AM Capt Ogilvy Capt Ogilvy  says:
What happened to all the comments? Reply
Aug 13, 2012 2:49 AM INDIAN TATTI INDIAN TATTI  says:
Where are the previous comments? Reply
Aug 13, 2012 8:55 AM Indian Indian  says:
Hi Don, Why all comments got deleted from the blog ? Reply
Aug 13, 2012 2:27 PM odumbo odumbo  says:
What happened to all the comments? Reply
Aug 13, 2012 2:35 PM R. Lawson R. Lawson  says:
Just testing the new CMS. Not seeing old comments yet. Reply
Aug 13, 2012 2:57 PM Jake_Leone Jake_Leone  says:
Went to check this site, and the comments are hidden? Was this intended? should I check my browser? Reply
Aug 13, 2012 4:32 PM SeaLTeam6 SeaLTeam6  says:
Looks like they completely revamped the web site over the weekend. All the comments seem to have been trashed. Reply
Aug 13, 2012 6:54 PM Odumbo Odumbo  says:
What happened to all the comments.. I'm betting the redesign of this website was outsourced to Infosys Reply
Aug 14, 2012 1:44 AM hiprecalllaw.com hiprecalllaw.com  says:
Great topic for all of us who wants to know more about dealing with lawsuits and also as eye opener. Reply
Aug 14, 2012 2:05 AM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Jake_Leone
The site switched to a new content management system and the comments didn't survive the switch. My understanding is the dev team is working on it. Reply
Aug 14, 2012 4:36 PM INDIAN_TATTI INDIAN_TATTI  says:
The comments survived on many previous blogs of DON i checked and confirmed. This seems to be Infosys Style work. Infosys Director has resigned last week, anyone noticed -- ;) Reply
Aug 14, 2012 9:56 PM Whatever Whatever  says: in response to Don Tennant
Were they outsourced to India :-)) Reply
Aug 16, 2012 1:46 PM hope hope  says: in response to INDIAN_TATTI
you meant to say retired? :) http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-08-13/news/33182548_1_iyengar-independent-director-infosys-bpo Reply
Aug 20, 2012 9:34 PM George George  says:
Are you there, Don? What happened to your evidence?? Now, I am sure you will say, because, of some technicality this case was thrown out and all! The fact of the matter is - You spent ages advocating one side of the story which stands defeated today! Reply
Aug 20, 2012 9:39 PM George George  says:
Don, Are you there?? The case got thrown out today! Now, I am sure you will say, the case was thrown out because of technicality etc., but the fact of the matter is, you spent ages presenting one side of the story and you lost! I have worked with Infosys and they are ethically a sound company and hence I had requested you to try and get both sides argument, but you refused! Reply
Aug 21, 2012 1:30 AM George George  says:
Don, I guess you will have nothing to write about, now that the case has been thrown out! Reply
Aug 21, 2012 10:01 AM IP Man IP Man  says:
Poooho...An Infosys slam dunk! Palmer can take a hike and Mr. Don should retire from this business of reporting right now! Pathetic & racist. Reply
Aug 24, 2012 8:37 PM dotbuster dotbuster  says:
Infosys will get hit hard by the federal government when they finish their work, goodbye Infosys, goodbye! The Palmer case *was* just a technicality and even the judge outright said it was so, that technicality means the most important aspects of whistleblower protection are worthless, so this will definitely get attention across the country! Goodbye Infosys, Goodbye soon.... Reply
Sep 19, 2012 11:15 PM Prem Prem  says:
They have to check on the resume fraud too....just a thought ...I met three guys from infosys in the past over my IT career.. who all did not have any java experience but worked at a major bank on a j2ee chordiant platform...interesting thought ..I can understand that there is widespread of resume fraud in IT business.. .God only knows how the overseers made these workers in IT to have fraudulent stain on their resumes to improve their financial outcome. Reply

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