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.