NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A former administrator with the Garland Independent School District has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for falsifying immigration records for teachers he hired to work in the district.
Victor Leos, 63, admitted that he received kickbacks and other benefits by falsifying immigration documents so that teachers from Latin America and elsewhere could work in his district.
Back in May, Leos pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit false statements on immigration documents.
Leos was the human resources director for Garland schools and prosecutors say that from 2007 to 2012 he worked with outside recruiters to bring foreign teachers to Garland on H1-B visas — temporary visas designed to bring skilled foreign workers to the U.S.
He submitted false statements indicating qualified U.S. applicants could not be found for open positions so the bilingual teachers from abroad were necessary.
It was alleged that Leos would fly to the Philippines, for example, all expenses paid. A female math-teaching candidate might pay a recruiter $1,000 for an interview. If Leos successfully recruited her, she paid the recruiter another $5,000. Once in North Texas, Leos’ stepson, Paul Reudiger, would rent her a house along with other foreign teachers. And the now defunct Yu Law firm — where his stepdaughter Amy Reudiger had worked as a billing clerk — would handle visa issues.
The teachers also may have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in visa fees they didn’t owe.
An attorney investigating on behalf of the GISD said, “The entire time that teacher is with Garland ISD, Mr. Leos holds complete power over her visa status.”
The foreign teachers Leos recruited later were denied citizenship and forced to leave the U.S.
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