Florida man pleads guilty to temporary work visa fraud

GULFPORT — A 41-year-old Florida businessman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit visa fraud by obtaining fraudulent temporary work visas for workers from the Philippines for Mississippi jobs.

The Sun Herald reports Michael V. Lombardi, of West Palm Beach, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing Aug. 6. Lombardi is owner of U.S. Opportunities, which provides temporary workers from overseas to U.S. companies.

He was arrested Sept. 30 on charges alleging he fraudulently obtained visas for workers diverted to Harrison County and elsewhere between January 2009 and April 2010.

Lombardi was taken into custody after his plea. A public defender filed motions asking a federal judge to allow Lombardi’s release pending sentencing.

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