Really Fake College

The College Guide has run articles about campus corruption and scams before, but this looks like a new low. The owner of California Union University surrendered to immigration agents recently for running an immigration scam through his “college.” According to an article in the Orange County Register:

Samuel Chai Cho Oh, 65, surrendered to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Tuesday morning, after a 10-month investigation into the school, which purported to offer courses in four areas: Biblical studies, English as a second language, Oriental medicine, and martial arts.

Immigration officials allege that Oh collected $40,000 to $50,000 a month from “students” that received visa application forms in exchange.

At the school, students rarely if ever attended class and there were no teachers seen, immigration officials said.

California Union University is apparently not a real school at all. Basically, it works like this: Students pay money to attend school, they don’t actually attend school at all, but as a result of the payment they get a student visa. Most of the students are reportedly Korean immigrants.

Still, one wonders why it took so long for authorities to figure out what was going on at California Union; this is the school’s website.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer