The Anatomy of Public Corruption

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Obit:The First Dead Banker just after 9/11

The First Dead Banker? 

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October 30, 2003 | Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA)
Author: ELLEN LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER | Page: c01 | Section: Business
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They range from computer programmers to clerks who input data, from medical transcriptionists to paralegals, and are not concentrated solely in the high-tech market, said Ashok Deo Bardhan and Cynthia Kroll, economists at UC Berkeley's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics.

"The bottom line is, if there is a job that can be done equally well, equally efficiently, at a much lower cost in a different part of the world, then that job is at risk in today's globalizing world," Bardhan said.

The report also said that many of the jobs that were lost during the downturn will not return.

During the dot-com frenzy, businesses that had difficulty finding high-tech savvy workers turned to outsourcing, or contracting jobs to workers outside of the company. Many of the contracted workers were based outside the United States, in places such as Canada, Ireland, Russia, China and India, where the wages of educated workers are fractions of those of their U.S. counterparts.

When the economy went south, businesses continued to outsource, and more and more joined their ranks, saying that it allows them to cut costs and offer cheaper and better services to consumers.

That hasn't been good news for U.S. employees in telecommunications, accounting, telephone call centers, data processing and other sectors that are more easily outsourced than others. In the past two years, employment in those sectors fell 15.5 percent in the United States and 21 percent in California, totaling more than 1 million lost jobs in the United States and 200,000 in California, according to the report.

"About every day I get an e-mail from someone who expects to have their jobs outsourced," said Pete Bennett, a Danville resident and activist against overseas outsourcing.

Certainly not all the lost jobs were moved overseas. Some were simply lost to the distressed economy, Bardhan said. But if the trend continues _ with other countries churning out more and more low-wage, highly-educated workers, with the costs of setting up operations outside the United States staying low, with the costs of doing business in the United States staying high, especially in California _ more than 14 million jobs at an average annual salary of $39,600 could potentially be sent overseas, the report said.

This would especially hurt the San Francisco Bay Area because not only are many of the high-tech companies themselves based here, but also the technology-related positions in other industries such as retail and finance. It could also affect jobs in the suburbs, such as the East Bay, because many businesses have been housing back office and support services in places where commercial real estate is cheaper.

"San Francisco and San Jose are pretty clearly vulnerable," Bardhan said. "The wages are higher here. The proportion of those occupations (well-paid computer and math jobs such as programming) are higher than the national average."

Bardhan said that not all 14 million jobs will eventually be sent away and that the figure represents the maximum number of jobs impacted. Laid-off workers, including here in the East Bay, have been aggressively lobbying businesses and legislators to put a cap on overseas outsourcing. But some workers will ultimately have to settle for lower-paying positions. The Bay Area could also create a new set of jobs, keeping the "cream" of the new development here, the report suggested.

"Silicon Valley could continue being Silicon Valley, with more innovations and new technologies, with new firms and jobs," Barhan said. "That is the optimistic scenario."

Ellen Lee covers technology and telecommunications. She can be reached at 925-952-2614 or

AirBnB - Hundreds of Foreign Tech Visas connected the Halloween Mansion Murders Orinda

LCA filing for H1B Visa Jobs

LC filing for green card under PERM


A BONO NONO Connecting Elevation Partners to Alston-Bird to TREN Technologies to MOVE, Inc and the attempted murder(s) on Pete Bennett

Connecting Elevation Partners to Alston-Bird to TREN Technologies to MOVE, Inc to attempts of the life of Pete Bennett

On or About June 2008, attorneys from Alston Birds offices in Charlotte South Carolina with the words "Do you remember the proposal you wrote for Kevin Keithley", yeah he never paid and flaked out. 
On March 22, 2005, as its first major venture Elevation attempted to purchase Eidos Interactive.[3] However, its bid failed and the video games giant was sold to rival SCi Entertainment.[4] On November 3, 2005, Elevation invested $300 million to create an alliance between video game developers BioWare and Pandemic Studios, making it one of the biggest independent developers in the world. It also invested $100 million in Move, Inc., which operates real estate information services.

In August 2006, Elevation announced that it had made an investment in Forbes Media, the parent company of Forbes magazine and[5] Sources stated that the deal gave Elevation a stake of more than 40 percent at a cost of $250 million to $300 million.[6][7] After Elevation invested in Forbes, the employee pension plan was frozen.[8] In the years that followed, there were numerous rounds of layoffs worldwide.[9] The Forbes family also sold its iconic building on Manhattan's 5th Avenue to New York University.[10]

My story is about witness murders, private equity, mergers and acquisitions linked back to the Matter of Bennett v. Southern Pacific lost in 1989.  It was a winnable case as long the witnesses testified.  


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Applications For H-1B Visa Comparable To The Size Of Marin County, California, Population

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Infosys employees during a lunch break in Bangalore, India. Indian nationals are the highest recipients of the often maligned H-1B visa. U.S. companies complain that the U.S. has a massive shortfall in STEM graduates and young experts who can fill employment holes. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)
When President Donald Trump says he wants higher skilled workers to immigrate to the United States, he is basically talking about one visa: the H-1B. It’s as loved as it is despised, and its applicant pool in 2018 totaled around 200,000 applications filed by companies looking for foreign workers. To put that into perspective, Salt Lake City has 200,544 inhabitants, and Marin County, one of the richest counties in the Bay Area, has 260,955 inhabitants.
“U.S. employers told us that they are looking to hire more foreigners this year because they cannot find what they are looking for in the local market,” says Richard Burke, CEO of Envoy Global, a global immigration services provider founded in 1998 when the H-1B was bringing in around 150,000 foreign workers in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields (STEM). Their Immigration Trends 2019 report was released on Tuesday. “Trump says he wants more skilled labor coming to the U.S., but there will be no immigration deal with Congress. It all gets swallowed up by illegal immigration,” he says.

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Former President Bill Clinton greatly increased the number of H-1B visas, but increases were phased out and haven’t gone up since. Credit: Mark Reinstein /MediaPunch /IPX
The H-1B has been the source of disdain for many years. Older, American-born tech workers say they have been displaced by foreigners, or have had their workloads outsourced to the main recipients of the visa—the Indian IT firms led by Infosys, Tata Consulting Services, Wipro and Cognizant, which is New Jersey-based but maintains a sizable talent pool in India.
Many of the complaints come from American tech workers of a certain age, usually over 40, who are replaced by younger, cheaper employees. These foreign nationals are often required to work overtime without extra pay, making them exciting to U.S. companies who are not responsible for their pay, and making them a nice bonus to a company’s balance sheet.
Infosys H-1B recipients that have worked for U.S. companies like CVS have filed claims against the Indian company for forced overtime. These are the things that have given the visa a bad name.
H-1B issues used to be greater in number. They collapsed in the Bill Clinton presidency because the legislation at the time was only for a temporary increase. Today there are 65,000 H-1B visas issued to recent foreign graduates from STEM programs in the U.S. Most of them are Chinese and Indian nationals. Then there are 20,000 more visas issued to foreign nationals with advanced degrees. Most of them are Indian nationals.
According to data from the 2017 World Economic Forum, China produces nearly 5 million STEM graduates, India churns out 2.6 million and the U.S. around 568,000, of which well over half are foreign nationals from .... China and India.
“I have two sons. Sadly, none of them are STEM students,” says Burke. “The growth in STEM fields is growing as technology becomes more pervasive throughout society, and we clearly do not have the head count to fill those jobs with local talent.”
Few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields. According to the Obama administration at the time, the U.S. had an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects as recently as 2015.
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Changes to legal immigration under specialty visas like the EB-5 real estate investor visa and the H-1B will be tied to law changes surrounding illegal migration, especially at the border. Trump will likely have to act alone. One issue that matters to U.S. firms looking to hire abroad is keeping work permits for spouses of foreign hires. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The Immigration A-List
Changes to immigration laws have been bogged down in overly charged emotional arguments related to poor migrants crossing illegally into the U.S. That means legal immigration fixes become temporary, dependent on executive orders signed by the president. Executive Orders can be upended as soon as the Executive Branch leadership changes, making for inconsistent immigration law.
So far there have been two administrative changes to the H-1B visa rule. One change allows for companies to apply for visas on an abbreviated application. If their application is chosen in the lottery system, which is how H-1Bs are chosen, then companies fill out the traditional, complete application at that time instead of pre-lottery. This makes it cheaper and less time-consuming for companies to throw their names in a hat and hope for the best. The second change gives foreign masters degree students a shot at the visa. It used to be overweighted to international undergraduates. These changes go into effect next year.
The third change being discussed now is for the married H-1B recipient from abroad to get a workers permit—or H4 visa—for their spouse. Trump has publicly stated that he wants to undo the Obama-era H4 visa, a negative for the international H-1B workers who tend to be between the ages of 30 and 35 years old.
Immigrant advocates like to point out that foreign-born talent accounts for one in every 3.5 inventions in the U.S., a dramatic growth from the 1970s, when foreigners contributed one in 12 patents. That doesn’t mean any of them were on an H-1B visa.
Canada has seen a similar surge.
According to Envoy Global’s survey, the quest for foreign talent has not slowed. Eighty percent of the roughly 400 employers surveyed said they expect their foreign national head count to either increase or stay the same in 2019.
Forty-seven percent of employers said the visa application process has become more difficult, while only 18% said it had become less difficult. That is the largest margin between the two responses since Envoy started asking the question three years ago. Most of this is due to the Trump Administration responding to legal claims against Indian IT firms that have led to requests for more evidence-of-need by the U.S. firm looking to hire a non-U.S. worker.
According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the average case processing time has increased by 91% since 2014. In turn, employee anxiety has also increased and the potentially delayed employee start dates makes it harder for hiring managers to plan.
Another key takeaway from the Envoy survey is that 66% of new hires get their “green card” so they can stay longer than the visa’s maximum six years allowance. Foreigners who get a green card are forced into contractual obligations and can be fined for leaving the company that sponsors them.
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Tech workers hold signs as they protest Trump administration policies in San Francisco on February 13, 2017. In the wake of the 2016 election, old-school, anti-capitalist activists and new-school, free-enterprise techies in the city are pushing aside their differences to take on a common foe. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Tech vs. Trump
When Trump won the election, tech companies immediately began protesting his immigration policies. While his policies were focused on illegal border crossers, a labor pool that is of little interest to tech companies, Silicon Valley quickly joined the chorus of anti-Trump activists calling for greater leniency in a country where leniency is already the order of the day.
But what Silicon Valley types were really worried about was the end of the H-1B. For human resources management and the C-suite, that meant they would have to reconsider where to do research and development, among other things.
“Toronto, Waterloo and Kitchener have created more tech jobs than San Francisco, Seattle and Boston combined,” says Burke, citing Canadian immigration data and data from CBRE Group. “If governments make it difficult for you to grow your engineering talent pool, companies will relocate,” he says.
Since Trump’s election, an increasing number of H-1B visas have gone to U.S. companies like Amazon and Deloitte instead of the long-dominant Indian IT firms.
Lastly, here’s another warning many people in Washington may not be fully tuned into yet: Beijing’s planned Greater Bay Area, a tri-city area in the warm south that includes English-speaking, high-culture, low-crime cities like Hong Kong, is aiming to be bigger and badder than Silicon Valley. What’s stopping companies there from hiring Taiwanese, Koreans and maybe even a few Americans to help them build better 5G, better holograms, better artificial intelligence and supercomputers than Americans? The Trump administration says it is worried about China beating the U.S. on key technological developments. He also says he wants more A-list immigration. That bodes well for the H-1B program. But serious changes to the program will require an act of Congress, and all of those acts will be tied to illegal immigration issues, issues where Trump and the opposition are light years apart.

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Media for Pete Bennett | Aired September 14, 2002 - 13:00 ET

Pete Bennett appearing on CNNNext in 2002

During 2001, Bennett was contracted to SBCGlobal beginning in June 2001 which ended abruptly just after 9/11 when his computer issued computer was wiped by a computer virus

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Intel Plans for Future; Spy Planes Help U.S. Troops in Afghanistan; Old Wooden Pencil Gets New Competition

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HATTORI (voice-over): These days, computer programmer Pete Bennett is building boats for his kids instead of software.

PETE BENNETT, COMPUTER PROGRAMMER: Well, I was a cabinetmaker for 15 years.

HATTORI: But after more than a decade in high tech, this year Bennett has worked on just one software project so far, a victim of the economic slowdown and, he says, an immigration program that's making the job market even worst.

BENNETT: The American citizens are getting hurt. The H1-B workers are getting hurt. And something needs to be done to straighten this thing out -- and quit.

HATTORI: Bennett believes the federal H1-B visa program, which allows nearly 200,000 skilled workers a year into the U.S., is unnecessary and being abused.

HATTORI (on camera): Bottom line, are H1-B visa holders taking jobs that American citizens could be filling?

BENNETT: That's the general consensus among my peers, and myself.

HATTORI: He's not alone. An organization representing nearly 250,000 high-tech professionals has written to Congress. They want to know why Americans are getting laid off while workers from abroad continue to work. The H1-B program was supposed to give skilled overseas workers jobs when qualified Americans cannot be found. The visas were initially capped at 65,000 in 1998, but Congress upped it to 195,000 last year. HATTORI: In fact, perhaps because of the U.S. economic slump, H1-B applications are down dramatically, 48 percent fewer so far this year compared to last. But critics say the decline is not keeping pace with layoffs here in the U.S.

Norm Matloff is a professor at the University of California at Davis, who has studied hiring practices at high-tech companies.

NORM MATLOFF, UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS: What Congress ought to do is just cancel the whole H1-B program. And in its place put a very small program with very strong protections, and without the loopholes they have now.

HATTORI: Loopholes that, critics say, for example, let companies hire H1-B visa workers at lesser paying positions than the jobs they actually perform.

MATLOFF: There is tailoring the job requirements, so that only the foreign national -- you know, that's the only person on the whole planet that would qualify because you've deliberately set it up that way.

HATTORI: Mahesh Nagaranjaiah, who heads up a Silicon Valley organization that counsels many H1-B visa holders says they're missing the bigger picture -- U.S. jobs are being exported anyway.

MAHESH MAGARAJAIAH, H1-B VISA ADVOCATE: I don't think American companies need to find loopholes in the H1-B programs, but they are sending work back to other countries like India, Russia, Israel, China, and other places, where the work can be done at a lot cheaper cost.

HATTORI: The industry also cites a dwindling pool of qualified graduates in U.S. schools.

HARRIS MILLER, INFORMATION TECH. ASSN. OF AMERICA: Half of all graduate students in the math and science programs are foreign students. When a company is looking for the best and brightest, particularly people with advanced degrees, master degrees and Ph.D.s, frequently, many of those candidates are born abroad.

BENNETT: You got any friends at Technical that have been laid off...

HATTORI: Still, that hasn't stopped Pete Bennett who takes his anti-H1-B campaign anywhere people will listen in hopes of saving any jobs he can.

BENNETT: These people are deserving American citizens, and they deserve the opportunity to be employed. And it's a tragedy the way the jobs have been manipulated.


HATTORI: Now you might get the idea that every software programmer in the world wants to work in Silicon Valley. But some of the high-tech workers and entrepreneurs who moved from Asia to California are heading home. Kristie Lu Stout reports on the two-way flow of talent across the Pacific.



Indian Corporation Pays Record Amount To Settle Allegations Of Systemic Visa Fraud And Abuse Of Immigration Processes

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Pete Bennett met Kobe Bryand at Sieberlich Accountancy while giving his friend the receptionist for lunch. Nicest guy ever, was not signed as he was just out of high school and considering his options.

Indian Corporation Pays Record Amount To Settle Allegations Of Systemic Visa Fraud And Abuse Of Immigration Processes

Pete Bennett knows how it feels, he knows that numerous InfoSys Executives resided in Danville when little things like his F-250 Explodes into a ball of fire on NB-680 during August 2004.  This trip to Walnut Creek for a meeting that was staged by parties connected to the Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce arrested by the FBI starting in 2011.  

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Senator Mike Lee 
The Senator is likely unaware of events connected to Pete Bennett mostly orbiting around the Mormon Community located in the San Francisco East Bay

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Exporting America 
Pete Bennett was first interviewed by CNNNext with reporter James Hattori by 2004 his truck exploded, his peers killed or murdered and his family destroyed. 

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Mitt Romney - Bain Capital - the ultimate outsourcer 
One of biggest donors to the Romney objective leads to Bechtel, Fremont Group and Southern Pacific to East Bay Attorney Rick Kopf.  Things were simple in 1989 as in the Matter of Bennett v. Southern Pacific a 21 year old Walnut Creek resident was murdered in Concord CA.  That was a witness that vanished in 1989 but hidden by Contra Costa Law Enforcement until Bennett uncovered that incident plus others.  

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Nate Greenan

The fate of Nate Greenan is highly suspicious but occurred just weeks after Walnut Creek / Concord resident John Newman was beaten to death on March 30th, 2012 which parallels the attempt on Bennett at the County Jail under the command of Commander Chris Wenzel. 

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Indian Corporation Pays Record Amount To Settle Allegations Of Systemic Visa Fraud And Abuse Of Immigration Processes

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  PLANO, Texas – Infosys Corporation, an Indian company involved in consulting, technology, and outsourcing, has agreed to a civil settlement of allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes by paying a record settlement amount and agreeing to enhanced corporate compliance measures, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.  The $34 million payment made by Infosys as a result of these allegations represents the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case.
        Infosys is located in thirty countries including the United States, and in 17 cities in the United States, including a location in Plano, Texas.  The Plano location is responsible for handling the immigration practices and procedures for the United States operations of Infosys.  Infosys brings foreign nationals into the United States in order to perform work and fulfill contracts with its customers under two visa classification programs relevant to this matter, H-1B and B-1.
        According to court documents, the government alleged instances of Infosys circumventing the requirements, limitations, and governmental oversight of the H-1B visa program by knowingly and unlawfully using B-1 visa holders to perform skilled labor in order to fill positions in the United States for employment that would otherwise be performed by United States citizens or require legitimate H-1B visa holders.  The government also alleges that Infosys did so in order to increase profits, minimize costs of securing visas, increase flexibility of employee movement, obtain an unfair advantage over competitors, and avoid tax liabilities.  Specific allegations include the following:
·       Infosys used B-1 visa holders to perform jobs that involved skilled labor that were instead required to be performed by United States citizens or required legitimate H-1B visa holders.
·       Infosys submitted “invitation letters” to U.S. Consular Officials that contained false statements regarding the true purpose of a B-1 visa holder’s travel in order to deceive U.S. Consular Officials and secure entry of the visa holder into the United States.  These letters often stated that the purpose of travel was for “meetings” or “discussions” when the true purpose was to engage in activities not authorized under a B-1 visa.
·       Infosys directed B-1 visa holders to deceive U.S. Consular Officials, including specific instructions to avoid certain terminology, to secure entry of the visa holder into the United States.  Infosys created a “Do’s and Don’ts” memorandum that it provided to foreign nationals entering the United States on a B-1 visa that included the following directions: “Do not mention activities like implementation, design & testing, consulting, etc., which sound like work”; “Also do not use words like, work, activity, etc., in the invitation letter”; and “Please do not mention anything about contract rates.”
·       Infosys told its foreign nationals to inform U.S. Consular Officials that their destination in the United States was the same as that provided in the Labor Condition Application, notwithstanding the fact that Infosys knew that the destinations had changed.
·        Infosys wrote and revised contracts with clients in order to conceal the fact that Infosys was providing B-1 visa holders to perform jobs that involved skilled or unskilled labor that were otherwise required to be performed by United States citizens or required legitimate H-1B visa holders.
·       Infosys concealed the fact that B-1 visa holders were performing jobs that involved skilled or unskilled labor that were otherwise required to be performed by United States citizens or required legitimate H-1B visa holders by billing clients for the use of off-shore resources when, in fact, work was being performed by B-1 visa holders in the United States.
·       Infosys failed to maintain I-9 records for many of its foreign nationals in the United States in 2010 and 2011 as required by law, including a widespread failure to update and re-verify the employment authorization status of a large percentage of its foreign national employees.
        The settlement agreement requires Infosys to make a payment to the United States of $34 million.  The agreement was largely predicated on Infosys’s cooperation with the United States during the investigation and on compliance measures taken by Infosys in the areas of B-1 and H-1B visas and I-9 documentation, both prior to and during the course of the investigation.  The settlement agreement requires additional auditing for I-9 forms; a reporting requirement for B-1 usage; an agreement to continue to use only detailed invitation letters, and the continued use of corporate disciplinary processes for employees that violate the immigration laws of the United States.
        “We will not tolerate actions that mislead the United States and circumvent lawful immigration processes, whether undertaken by a single individual or one of the largest corporations in the world,” said U.S. Attorney Bales.  “The H-1B and B-1 visa programs are designed and intended to protect the American worker; and we will vigorously enforce the requirements of those programs.”
David M. Marwell, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas, concurred:  “This settlement against Infosys is the largest immigration fine on record.  The investigation indicated that Infosys manipulated the visa process and circumvented the requirements, limitations, and governmental oversight of the visa programs.  The investigation also showed that more than 80 percent of Infosys’s I-9 forms for 2010 and 2011 contained substantive violations.  Ultimately, these actions by Infosys cost American jobs and simultaneously financially hurt companies that sought to follow the laws of this nation.  Companies that misuse the visa process can expect to be scrutinized and held accountable.”
        The investigation and settlement also earned the praise of George M. Nutwell III, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston Field Office, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State, who said that “the Infosys investigation illustrates the unique role that DSS plays in investigating complex visa fraud cases that reach far beyond U.S. borders.  DSS collaborates with our law enforcement partners and is committed to investigating and bringing to justice those who violate the law.”
        This case was investigated and the settlement negotiated by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shamoil T. Shipchandler, Alan R. Jackson, and J. Kevin McClendon, and special agents and attorneys from the Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


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