Moore County Residents, Company Indicted For Conspiracy To Defraud The United States Government
GREENSBORO, N.C. – United States Attorney Ripley Rand announced today that Craig Stanford Eury, Jr., Sarah Elizabeth Farrell, and International Labor Management Corporation (ILMC) were indicted by a federal grand jury in Greensboro, North Carolina, for allegedly (1) obtaining Visas by fraud, (2) encouraging and inducing aliens to enter and reside in the United States for commercial advantage or private financial gain, and (3) performing monetary transactions with criminal proceeds. Eury and Farrell served as officers of ILMC.
The indictment alleges that Eury, Farrell, and ILMC engaged in fraudulent practices in obtaining H-2B Visas and H-2A Agricultural Visas. The H-2B Visa Program includes a statutory numerical limit, or "cap," which provides that a maximum number of 66,000 aliens may be issued a visa or otherwise provided H-2B status (including through a change of status) during any fiscal year. ILMC allegedly avoided the operation of the cap by obtaining extra visas. These extra visas were allegedly used to provide H-2B workers to employers who were barred by the cap from employing alien workers. As set forth in the Indictment, ILMC profited by charging clients both for obtaining the visas for the original employer and then “transferring” the visas to a new, cap-barred employer. By acquiring extra visas, ILMC allegedly gained an unfair market advantage on H-2B Visas, as those visas were then not available for employers who complied with the law.
“This Indictment against International Labor Management Corporation founder and owner Craig Stanford Eury, Jr., and President Sarah Elizabeth Farrell sends a strong message to those who would attempt to commit these types of crimes. Diplomatic Security is firmly committed to working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, as well as other law enforcement agencies, to investigate and bring those who commit these crimes to justice,” said Niall Meehan, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service.
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations; U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Chut.
An Indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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