Twin brothers get prison for visa scheme

McALLEN, TX U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas in Houston sentenced Alberto Pena to nearly 3 1/2 years in prison and Bernardo Pena to 2 1/2 years in prison after they were found guilty by a jury. The 40-year-olds sold temporary H-2B visas for at least $20,000 a piece to residents of Gujarat, India, with the help of co-conspirators.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the Indians were issued visas under the pretense that they would be providing manual labor for a Louisiana construction company, but none of them worked there.

Three co-conspirators are set to be sentenced Wednesday. A fourth remains a fugitive.

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