Aston Villa’s head of girls’s soccer has been named in an indictment regarding a piece visa fraud in the USA, Sportsmail can reveal.
Lee Billiard, who strongly denies any wrongdoing and was not charged with any offence, is talked about in court docket paperwork regarding ongoing authorized proceedings towards people who’ve pleaded responsible to visa fraud.
The alleged offences came about whereas Billiard labored as each normal supervisor and president of soccer operations for the Boston Breakers, a now defunct American girls’s workforce.
Sportsmail has uncovered how the Breakers struck an unlawful settlement with World Premier Soccer (GPS), a youth soccer organisation primarily based in Waltham, Massachusetts, the place Billiard beforehand labored.
In March 2021, Justin Capell, the previous GPS chief working officer, pleaded responsible in reference to ‘wide-ranging visa fraud conspiracy’.
Visa fraud instances are sometimes prosecuted within the US when visa candidates or individuals making use of on their behalf have falsified credentials for somebody who desires to work in America or lied about jobs that don’t exist. It’s a felony offence, and punishments for convictions can vary from 10 months to 5 years in jail.
It’s alleged by federal prosecutors that Capell and his co-conspirators organized to file fraudulent visa petitions on behalf of the Breakers and different groups to be able to