Be very careful when a school is very new in America. “University of Northern New Jersey” turns out to be one of those fake schools in America with a twist.
The school’s website appeared real, with details on tuition costs ($12,620) and its seven undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs, CNN reports.
But the college was a fake. It never held any classes and didn’t have any professors. Federal agents had set it up to uncover a visa fraud scam.
Twenty-one people were arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring with 1,000 foreigners to fraudulently maintain student visas and obtain worker visas. The college’s website and Facebook page were taken down late afternoon.
Those arrested worked as “brokers” who solicited the university’s administrators — who were actually undercover agents — to participate in the scheme.
The brokers recruited foreign students to “enroll” and allegedly created false student transcripts and diplomas so that they could fool immigration authorities and keep their student visas, officials said. Most were from China and India and had previously entered the U.S. on legal student visas to attend a different, legitimate school.
In some instances, the brokers are also accused of creating false employment contracts between the school and the foreign nationals so that they could fraudulently obtain worker visas. They paid the undercover agents thousands of dollars to put the school’s letterhead on phony documents.
The 1,000 foreign “students” have not been arrested, but their visas will be terminated and they will likely have to leave the country, officials said.
Okegbemi Olusoji Festus is an Editor/Creative writer at campustori.com, A digital media Executive and a known Social Media Enthusiast.