Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a woman lured foreigners seeking work in the US with nonexistent jobs at her fake clinical research company and charged them unnecessary fees for visas.
Raina Massey, of Elmont, New York, is charged with wire fraud, visa fraud and aggravated identity theft.
She pleaded not guilty Friday and was released on $150,000 bond.
US Attorney Paul Fishman says Massey ran the scheme from February 2012 to March 2015 through her Newark-based shell company called Care Worldwide.
Fishman says she sought out professionals for fake jobs and charged them for visa applications that are free to fill out.
Instead of jobs in their field, some workers were forced to hand out fliers on corners.
Massey's lawyer says she looks forward to her day in court.