This Article is From Oct 31, 2013

American whistleblower could receive $5 million from Infosys: report

New York:

Jay Palmer, a former American employee of Infosys, who had brought a whistleblower lawsuit against the IT giant, could receive about $5 million of the $34 million the Indian firm agreed to pay to settle a visa fraud investigation in the US.

(Read: Infosys settles US visa case for $34 million)

Jay Palmer had filed the lawsuit in Alabama in February 2011, saying he had been punished and sidelined by Infosys executives after he reported witnessing widespread visa fraud.

While his lawsuit was dismissed last year by a federal judge, it spurred the federal investigation into Infosys' visa procedures. Mr Palmer said the case has continued to dominate his life ever since he filed the lawsuit.

He has remained on the company's payroll while cooperating with the federal investigation but he has not been assigned any work nor has he spoken with anyone at Infosys for months, according to a New York Times report.

The paper quoting people familiar with the case reported Mr Palmer could receive as much as $5 million from the payment Infosys will make to the federal government, under a provision of federal false claims law.

In one of the largest immigration fines ever, India's second largest software exporter agreed to pay $34 million to settle the visa row but denied visa fraud. Infosys allegedly sent employees to the US with B-1 visitor visas and not on H1-Bs permits designed for high-tech workers.

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