An elaborate “pay-to-stay” student visa fraud ring involving four fake colleges was uncovered this week in Los Angeles.
Fox News reported that authorities raided the schools that allegedly helped foreign nationals fool the U.S. government into issuing student visas so they could stay in the United States.
Investigators identified the schools as Prodee University/Neo-America Language School; Walter Jay M.D. Institute; the American College of Forensic Studies and Likie Fashion and Technology College in Alhambra, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Hee Sun Shim, Hyung Chan Moon and Eun Young Choi were named this week in a federal grand jury indictment, the Times reported.
Authorities say Shim operated the schools that enrolled hundreds of foreign nationals, but few were to be found when authorities showed up unannounced — out of 900 students enrolled at Prodee University, only three were present; out of 300 enrolled at American College of Forensic Studies, just one was found.
The Times said the Asian immigration population in Koreatown and the San Gabriel Valley were targeted — up to 1,500 Chinese and Korean immigrants were said to be paying $3,000 per year.
According to an affidavit there were students listed from Las Vegas, Seattle, Dallas and Honolulu.
The defendants allegedly raked in $6 million per year in bogus tuition payments, in exchange for certifying the paperwork needed to prove to the federal government that the “students” were attending school.
Little did these so-called students know all they had to do was show up on the U.S. border with Mexico and the Obama administration would have gladly done the heavy lifting to ensure they can remain in the country — not only at no cost, but with benefits.
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