IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 9, 2011
Mr. Schumer (for himself, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Nelson of Florida, Mrs. McCaskill, and Mr. Tester) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To provide for enhanced criminal penalties for individuals who file a SEVP certification petition under false pretenses.
Chapter 75 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Filing of certification petition under false pretenses
Any person who knowingly, and for pecuniary gain, while representing himself or herself as a principal, officer, or director of an educational institution, files a petition for certification or recertification with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program for attendance at such institution of nonimmigrant students under subparagraph (F)(i) or (M)(i) of section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)) under false pretenses, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.
The table of sections for chapter 75 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
1548. Filing of certification petition under false pretenses.
Pursuant to its authority under section 994 of title 28, United States Code, the United States Sentencing Commission shall amend the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and policy statements to reflect the penalties applicable to persons convicted of violating section 1548 of title 18, United States Code, as added by section 1.