The blank spaces in Indian alien Nigamanth Sridhar’s 177 page Cleveland State personnel file raises questions for Homeland Security

Cleveland State officials appear to have been negligent in obtaining approvals and confirming Indian alien Sridhar's authorization to work in the USA

CLEVELAND, OH – I received 177 pages of Indian alien Nigamanth Sridhar’s work records along with a threat of a defamation lawsuit from Cleveland State University (CSU) law department employee Kelly Marie King (#76613).  The menacing state university’s employee is identified under the Supreme Court of Ohio’s website as an associate deputy counsel.  King was admitted to practice law on November 10, 2003.

According to King, as a response to an official public records request from an American native, me, Sridhar has always been a legal alien and now a United States citizen since March 18, 2016.  She wrote, “At all times during his employment at Cleveland State University, Dr. Sridhar has had a valid immigration status and has been authorized to work in the United States, including holding an F1 visa, H1B visa, lawful permanent residency ...”

It was Cleveland State University’s duty to submit a request to USCIS 6 months before the date of an unfilled employment need to justify why its officials wanted to hire F1 visa’d student, and Indian alien, Nigamanth Sridhar over American nationals and legal aliens. CSU would have received a form I-797C from USCIS affirming that its request had been received. If approved CSU would have received a form I-797B. Sridhar’s personnel file doesn’t include any requests CSU submitted to USCIS. There are no Form I-797B’s in Sridhar’s personnel file that gave CSU officials permission to hire him. There’s only one reference in his personnel file to a form I-797C that was not permission to hire. These records and others are required by federal laws to have been obtained before Sridhar was hired by CSU officials pursuant to Section 3344-60-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Speaking on behalf of CSU and, curiously, Sridhar, King demanded that I “immediately retract the article and publish a correction because it is replete with factual inaccuracies regarding Dr. Sridhar’s immigration and work authorization status.”  If I don’t “correct and remove the article,” King wrote that CSU “will pursue legal recourse.”  “Likewise,” she wrote, “Dr. Sridhar may pursue legal action for defamation per se for falsely stating that he and his wife illegally voted in a federal election.

King produced no resolution from CSU’s board of trustees that authorized her to deliver a threat instead of the public records.  She further exceeded the authority of the public office she holds because it’s Ohio Attorney General David Yost, not her, who provides legal representation to the state’s 14 universities.

Writing that Sridhar may “pursue legal action” implied that King was misusing the office of a state employee to legally aid another public employee on a personal matter.  Sridhar and his wife casting votes in federal elections is outside CSU’s authority to defend.  King maliciously misrepresented my carefully chosen words regarding Sridhar and his wife’s published statements about their voting in federal elections as she did in her recklessly false claim of defamation.

This CSU personnel action form is the only document in Nigamanth Sridhar’s 177 page personnel file that makes reference to an I-797C “receipt” of a request either from him or the university to work. Is this I-797C “H1B receipt” USCIS’s 2007 response to CSU’s 2004 request for Sridhar to work? It’s referenced after he’s been employed for three years and CSU officials were awarding him new contracts.

If King had read the 177 pages of Sridhar’s personnel file she’d know there’s no chance of me retracting a single word of the story I published on May 24, 2022.  In it I highlighted some of the federal and state records that are required to be in an alien worker’s personnel files; especially since Sridhar was claiming citizenship and voting along with his Indian wife, Divya Sridhar, in federal elections.

The two Indian aliens appear to have been married in June 2004 before Nigmanth Sridhar was hired by CSU.  Divya Sridhar currently works for Neighborhood Progress Inc. under another Indian alien, Tania Menesse.

More specifically, Americans and legal aliens have rights to challenge any employer who hires an H1B visa’d worker over an American or a legal alien.  King’s criminally obstructive threat sends the strongest signal that CSU’s rogue officials are ignoring instead of investigating immigration law violation complaints.  It is my opinion the omissions of information that is mandated to be disclosed and executed with signatures on forms created by the State of Ohio are intentional.

Cleveland State University allegedly applied for permission in 2004 to hire Indian alien and graduate student Nigamanth Sridhar on an H1B visa as a temporary worker for three years. It was supposed to expire in August 2007. If approved he could get a one-year extension until August 2008. In August 2008 CSU officials were promoting him as a regular instead of a temporary worker for another one year contract and leaving his “citizenship” information blank.

The omissions support concerns coming from the United States Congress that education officials like those at CSU have been running  foreign controlled “Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO)” that are operating as hiring halls for illegal aliens. Published information affirms it was under former CSU President Michael Schwartz that the Confucius Institutes were set up.  He took the same “international” practices to Kent State University.  It’s not just CSU.

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder announced her resignation shortly before receiving correspondence from the United States Department of Education that questioned her 200 agreements with 40 different nations.  University officials operating without authority to communicate with the officials of foreign governments violate the Logan Act and Espionage Act just like the Americans indicted and prosecuted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The immigration, visa and citizenship information on public records King delayed delivering for nearly 30 days, until after I threatened to take CSU to court to obtaine them, confirms that Sridhar was offered a job as a temporary H1B worker on May 14, 2004.  At that time the job offer letter informed Sridhar he needed to provide evidence of his identity and authorization to work.

None of the “authenticating” documents that provided “evidence of his identity and authorization to work” were in the personnel file I received from King.  Without advance USCIS approval, Sridhar could not lawfully obtain a Social Security number before or even after CSU hired him.

When he was hired in 2004, it was clear on CSU’s personnel action forms that he was a termporary and not a regular worker. The document gives the appearance that the H1B visa referenced in the May 14, 2004 job offer letter had been obtained; and that he’d been given an expiration date of July 19, 2007. What’s missing is the Form I-797C “receipt” of CSU’s alleged 2004 request to USCIS to hire him. What’s also missing is the Form I-797B giving CSU permission to hire him. CSU officials seem uninterested in obtaining documents to confirm that Sridhar’s wife is eligible to receive “dependent” benefits.

While King specifically claimed that Sridhar possessed an F1 visa during his time as an OSU student, it’s not referenced or confirmed in his personnel files as being provided to CSU officials in any correspondence I received.  In their applications for an F1 visa it is a requirement of federal law that the alien swear they are maintaining a residence abroad which you have no intention of giving up.

A biography associated with the Indian alien identifies Sridhar as a citizen of India who arrived here in 1999 to earn a doctorate in computer science from Ohio State University.  Sridhar obtained a master of science degree from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Pilani, India in 1997.  The school was established in 1964.

F1 and M1 student visas authorize citizens of other nations to remain in ours for the “duration of status” of their “full” course work.  Foreign students are supposed to be economically self-sustaining for the duration of their studies.

It takes between 4 and 6 years for students with full time jobs to complete a doctorate.  Foreign students like Sridhar are supposed to be full-time so the duration of their “in country” time is shorter.   Student visas expire in three to five years. They’re allowed to remain until their course work is completed.

CSU officials between 2004 and 2007, under Michael Schwartz as the university president, simply stopped documenting information about Nigmanth Sridhar’s immigration records and began identifying him as a “regular” employee.

King wrote that he became a United States citizen on March 18, 2016.  On a CSU “personnel action form” dated August 2, 2017, Sridhar is listed as a “permanent resident” with an “AR1” visa.  The United States Immigration & Custom Services (USCIS) code for an “AR1″visa designates a child of an American citizen.

An “AR” or “Alien Registration” number is 7, 8 or 9 digits and not one.  The larger number is assigned by USCIS to aliens applying for a green card.  It contradicts King’s claim that Sridhar had sworn allegiance to the United States of America, surrendered his Indian passport and renounced his citizenship with Communist loving nation a year earlier.

The form I-129’s CSU officials were required to submit to USCIS are non-existent in Sridhar’s file.  Prior to hiring the Indian alien the state university needed USCIS’s written permission to give the “alleged” H1B visa’d worker from India a series of annual contracts between 2004 and August 2021.  He was required to have USCIS approval before he even sought work.

There isn’t a single I-129 in Sridhar’s personnel file Ohioans can inspect as a public record to confirm that the state university’s obstructive officials were obedient to the state’s laws. What it highlights is the criminal dereliction in CSU’s provost and personnel officials in the discharge of official duties.

A valid “alien registration” number is show as an example on USCIS’s Form I-797C that did not give Nigamanth Sridhar permission to remain in the United States of America.

“USCIS recognizes that some state, local, public, or private benefit granting agencies may accept Form I-797C as collateral evidence for awarding a benefit they administer. USCIS reminds those agencies that Form I-797C is only a receipt proving an applicant has submitted a benefit request; USCIS has not determined whether that applicant is eligible for an immigration benefit.”

In all 177 pages of Sridhar’s personnel file there exists a single reference to a “receipt” of an I-797C notice of action from USCIS that does not confer any benefits to an alien.  It’s a notice that announces the receipt, rejection, transfer, re-opening or an appointment for fingerprints, biometric capture, an interview or a rescheduling.

If CSU officials submitted a written request to USCIS and Homeland Security for an H1B visa to hire Sridhar, its officials would have received a form I-797C letting them know it had been received.  Had he been approved CSU would have received a form I-797B notice of approval.  Both forms I-797C and I-797B should be in his file as proof of their compliance with federal laws.

Sridhar’s personnel file doesn’t include a single reference to an I-797B notice.  Section 3344-60-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code instructed CSU officials with the use of the word “shall” to obtain them as part of a comprehensive background check.  The background check records of an alien are not exempt from disclosure under Ohio law and they should “NEVER” be exempted. Sridhar should have returned to the “residence aboard” he swore he “had no intention of giving up” until he was given approval to return and work.

This letter offers an example of the type of correspondence an employer would send to USCIS as a request to hire an H1B worker over an American or legal alien. There are “no, nada, zilch, zero” request to hire an alien letters to USCIC in the 177 pages of personnel records CSU delivered to me as a response to my public records request for those records specifically as well as others.

There are no supportive federal records King supplied me with from Sridhar’s personnel file that gave the H1B visa worker a new expiration date of April 18, 2008. There is no explanation of the notice either CSU or Sridhar received in the I-797C receipt.  CSU officials had no legal authority to accept the I-797C as permission to let the foreign national keep working past his “alleged” HB1 visa expiration date of August 22, 2007.  USCIS makes this point so clear even King and Sridhar should have understood it.

What his Linked In page shows is the Indian citizen graduated with a doctorate in computer science from Ohio State University around 2004; and applied and was accepted for employment at CSU in 2004  instead of returning to India.  To hire a citizen of India in 2004 federal laws required CSU to certify to the following two attestations to DHS on federal forms.

  • There are insufficient available, qualified, and willing U.S. workers to fill the position being offered at the prevailing wage
  • Hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers

It is King, not me, who should have been protecting CSU from the harm his incomplete and unsigned paperwork reveals.  King, not I, should be delivering Sridhar’s personnel records to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate him and the “hiring officials” for what appears to be visa fraud.

If Nigamanth Sridhar obtained an H1B visa in 2007, he had an expiration date of August 22, 2007. They come with a one year extension. CSU’s personnel records show a year-long extension but no Form I-797C “receipt” of a request for the extension. There’s no Form I-797B approval of the August 2007 to August 2008 extension request in his personnel file.

Attorneys for “organizations” pursuant to Rule 1.13 of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Rules of Professional Conduct owe their allegiance to the organization and not its constituents.  King had no resolution from the CSU board of trustees or authorization from the Ohio Attorney General who represents Ohio’s 14 universities to speak on “behalf” of Sridhar.  It is a federal law duty of Americans to report illegal aliens and their employers.

“If a lawyer for an organization knows or reasonably should know that its constituent’s action, intended action, or refusal to act (1) violates a legal obligation to the organization, or (2) is a violation of law that reasonably might be imputed to the organization and that is likely to result in substantial injury to the organization, then the lawyer shall proceed as is necessary in the best interest of the organization. When it is necessary to enable the organization to address the matter in a timely and appropriate manner, the lawyer shall refer the matter to higher authority, including, if warranted by the circumstances, the highest authority that can act on behalf of the organization under applicable law.”

The “disciplinary rule” appears to “substantially comply” with the federal “Misprision of felony” law found at Title 18, Section 4 of the United States Code.

“Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

According to CSU employee Kelly Marie King, and these are her written words, Nigamanth Sridhar swore allegiance to the United States of America and renounced his Indian citizenship on March 13, 2016. Here’s a CSU personnel form dated August 2, 2017 that identifies him as a “Permanent Resident” with an AR1 visa. Bottom line right above the spot where there’s supposed to be a CSU employee signature instead of a typed in name with the secretary’s initials.

Sridhar’s 177-page personnel file reeks of criminal obstruction given the mandatory federal and state law “background check” duties imposed on every CSU official who offered and retained him for employment.  What stands out in Sridhar’s file is the name of Communist Chinese national “Jianping Zhu.” Zhu is one of the large number of aliens CSU’s board of trustees, under Colombian national Bernie Moreno and Thomas Adler, put in charge of  enforcing our nation and state’s immigration and employment laws.

Born and raised in Communist China under a government that sees its citizens as the property of China, forever, Zhu appears to have turned CSU into a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens by failing to enforce our federal and state immigration and background check laws.  CSU let him hire over 200 employees.  My opinion is that his criminal negligence explains why so many of the state tax-funded university’s students and faculty are increasingly from China and India.

More than 300,000 Chinese are being educated in the United States of America … annually. China has allowed fewer than 2500 Americans to be educated in their nation over the past 5 years.  In 1949 President Harry Truman allowed no more than 24,000 aliens to be educated in our nation’s universities. Today’s it’s nearly 2 million.

Cleveland State University officials allowed Jianping Zhu, an alien from Communist China, to hire 200 employees over 6 years. The state tax-supported university’s workforce appears to have been taken over by aliens who have displaced Americans.

What should concern Americans is Zhu’s role in Communist China’s Peoples Liberation Army. Since 1949 military service for Chinese men and women is compulsory.  Zhu was born in 1958.

Under Zhu’s supervision, Sridhar’s 177-pages of personnel records reveal numerous unsigned forms CSU’s former provost and vice president of academic affairs was required to authenticate and sign.  His records identify several documents showing Zhu’s typed in name but no signature.  What’s obvious are the blank spots.

After the alleged expiration dates of an H1B visa that’s not in the records I received from CSU, Sridhar’s citizenship status began to be omitted on the forms which affirm his lawful presence here as either a “Native, Alien Permanent or Alien Temporary.” A review of CSU’s board meetings shows virtually no “oversight review” of documents its past presidents authorized Zhu to process through the university’s human resources and payroll departments for his $340,000 a year job.

It is under the three pictured CSU presidents that aliens began taking over the university’s higher learning jobs. They also displaced American students with foreigners in our state tax dollar supported universities.

My review of the records CSU delivered doesn’t prove Sridhar’s identity or his authorization to work. Pursuant to Title 18, Section 4 of the United States Code, “Misprision of felony,” I am forwarding this story and Sridhar’s personnel file to the appropriate legal authorities.  I believe CSU officials are engaged in federal and state crimes against the United States of America.  I would encourage its current chairman, David Reynolds, who appears to have inherited this mess, to investigate.

I am further providing a copy to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Office of the Disciplinary Counsel to investigate what I believe is King’s violation of Disciplinary Rule 1.13, “Lawyer for an organization.”

Eric Jonathan Brewer

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