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Woman pleads guilty to running school as a front to shield foreign athletes from ICE

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A North Carolina woman has pleaded guilty in a case involving human trafficking of foreign teens.

Evelyn Mack ran a private school in Charlotte as a front for foreign athletes, promising scholarship offers and that they would play at a prominent school while dodging ICE, WSOC-TV reported.

After initially pleading not guilty in federal court a few months ago, Mack admitted she was guilty Monday and could face up to 10 years in prison on a felony charge of concealing, harboring or shielding unlawful aliens.

According to The Charlotte Observer:

A federal indictment says Mack took about $1,000 per student from athletic recruiters to falsely represent about 75 foreign teens as students in Evelyn Mack Academy, which was authorized to enroll high school students under F1 visas.

It says she entered false information into the Department of Homeland Security’s computerized tracking system, allowing them to avoid detection by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE.

 

Mack “falsely represented that approximately 75 aliens were full-time students” at the school which she has run since 2000, according to the indictment.

Some of the teens “vanished in the hands of recruiters and basketball coaches,” WSOC reported, while others were either missing for months or reappeared in towns more than 100 miles away.

Mack’s attorney answered for her when WSOC reporter Mark Barber asked if she had any remorse for what she had done.

“Does she have any remorse? Any apologies? All things in their time my friend and this is not that time,” he said.

Mack turned herself in March 2 after authorities issued an arrest warrant for her in February.

Frieda Powers

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