SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A former owner of a business in Branson pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday for a visa fraud scheme. John Voisine admitted he illegally sent Filipino workers to fill jobs in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
At the time of this fraud, Voisine was the owner and president of Santa Cruz Management, a labor leasing company that provided foreign workers to employers in the Branson area under H-2B visas. Santa Cruz Management was listed among the nation’s top five H2B employers in a report released by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration in 2009.
Through his company, Voisine knowingly submitted H2B application forms containing falsifications or misrepresentations to the U.S. Department of Labor in October 2007. The forms said Santa Cruz Management would employ 306 workers from the Philippines in the housekeeping industry at hotels and motels in the Branson area during 2008.