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Owner of mall kiosk business pleads guilty to illegally hiring foreign workers

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Posted at 8:38 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 20:38:15-04
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Omer Gur, of Raleigh North Carolina, lead a visa fraud conspiracy involving over 140 foreign workers.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A 36-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to hiring foreign workers from Israel.

According to the Department of Justice, Omer Gur, of Raleigh North Carolina, lead a visa fraud conspiracy involving over 140 foreign workers.

Gur admitted in his plea agreement that from 2012 through 2014 he operated several businesses, known as RASKO, and he recruited foreign nationals to enter the U.S. on B-2 visitor visas.

Several of the mall-based kiosks were in Virginia in the Hampton Roads area, as well as in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Gur and others paid for the foreign workers’ travel to the U.S. and housed them in leased apartments.

They also transported the workers to their kiosk locations and paid them in cash, wire transfers and gift cards to avoid reporting workers and their earnings to employment and tax authorities.

Nine of the ten charged defendants in this case have been arrested and Gur is the fourth to plead guilty.

Gur faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and is set to be sentenced on October 27.