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Guam resident sentenced for conspiracy to commit visa fraud

(Press Release) — Shawn Anderson, acting United States attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Antonia Bautista, 60, was sentenced Thursday in the U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood to two years probation and a $100 special assessment fee, for conspiracy to commit visa fraud.

Bautista was part of a conspiracy involving the Guam Construction Company, its president and vice president, Byong H. Kang and Choon H. Kang, respectively.  

On April 4, 2014, an information was filed against Bautista charging him with conspiracy to commit visa fraud by intentionally misrepresenting occupations of H-2B workers in an effort to facilitate fraudulently obtaining H-2B visas. After the H-2B workers arrived in Guam, Bautista, GCC’s office manager and corporate secretary, assisted the Kangs and caused GCC to employ the H-2B workers in skilled occupations not authorized on their H-2B visas, as electricians, engineers and heavy equipment operators. Bautista pled guilty on April 4, 2014.

This investigation was a joint effort of local and federal law enforcement. Jointly, they investigate not only visa fraud and sophisticated money-laundering schemes, but those who fraudulently obtain federal contracts, and do not pay fair wages.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen F. Leon Guerrero.