Bloomberg Law
Aug. 18, 2021, 4:14 PM

Cognizant Must Face Visa Fraud Suit From Former Vice President

Daniel Seiden
Daniel Seiden
Reporter/Editor

A former assistant vice president for Cognizant Tech. Solutions Corp. adequately alleged that the company violated the False Claims Act by providing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with inaccurate information to save money on visa applications for its foreign workers, a New Jersey district court said.

Jean-Claude Franchitti’s complaint contained sufficient detail to proceed with his suit accusing the company of knowingly applying for B-1 and L-1 visas instead of the more appropriate and costly H-1B visas, Judge Peter G. Sheridan of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey said in a Tuesday opinion.

An H-1B visa ...