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Tech Guy Says Bosses Abused Him

CHICAGO (CN) - A computer tech from India claims PC Products & Services hired him through the H-1B visa program at $44,000 a year, then took kickbacks of $1,000 a month from him for three years, under threat of deportation, and when he could not make a payment, they fired him and kept his visa, so he faces deportation.

Vijay Patel claims defendants Patrick Boghra, Victor Boghra and Amar Nagealle, co-owners of PC Products & Services, of Roselle, Ill., embezzled $49,000 from him through their scheme.

He claims that another company hired him through the H-1B visa program, and listed his salary on the visa application as $44,000 a year. PC Products then hired him as a program analyst at that salary. He claims the defendants told him in March 2003 that he would have to start kicking back $1,000 a month or they would fire him and cause him to be deported, and that if he refused the offer, they would not return his visa so he could not get another job.

Seeing no alternative, he said he "reluctantly accepted" the offer, and paid the kickbacks until May 2006. In June that year, he says, he couldn't make the payment, so they fired him and, as promised, refused to return his visa. Now he faces deportation to India.

He wants the kickbacks returned, punitive damages, an injunction to protect him and others - and, presumably, his visa. He is represented in Federal Court by Michael Smith of Roselle. See complaint.

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