A Southern California pastor has been accused by immigration authorities of helping foreigners fraudulently obtain student visas and handing out phony diplomas at a fake graduation ceremony on a campus where they never attended class.Disgusting. It's totally unfair to those people — including many from the same countries — who are following the rules.
Samuel Chai Cho Oh, 65, surrendered to authorities Tuesday and faces a charge of conspiracy to commit visa fraud for allegedly charging foreigners cash to help get them student visas on the premise they would attend the Christian university he owns in Fullerton.
But more than 100 students from countries including South Korea, Thailand and Japan never took classes at California Union University, which served as a shell for them to stay in the country legally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
"He found a way to circumvent the system," said Joseph Macias, assistant special agent in charge for ICE's office of investigations in Orange County. "His greed and his financial gain won (out) over the visa program."
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Kyopo minister in OC arrested for running fake school that issued fraudulent visas
I can't find the link right now, but I've mentioned online such schools, having known people (South Koreans, Taiwanese, and Japanese) who planned to obtain visas this way so they could enter the US to work illegally. From AP via the Washington Post: