A Korean–born pastor who owns and operates a religious school in Fullerton, Calif., is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court to answer to charges that he used the school as a front for an elaborate student visa fraud scheme, going so far as to hand out phony diplomas and stage graduation ceremonies.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, a confidential source familiar with the pastor’s business dealings alleged he collected $40,000 to $50,000 a month in fees from foreign “students” who received Form I-20s from CUU certifying their eligibility for academic study. The Form I-20 enables prospective students to go to a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad and apply for a student visa. Until October, when its federal certification was revoked, CUU was authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to accept foreign students pursuing an education in religious and biblical studies, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Oriental medicine. Click here for more information.