Immigration Scam Busted in LA Schools

Federal officials have arrested the operators of four Los Angeles area trade schools after thousands of foreign nationals were found to be fraudulently enrolled.

In a so-called “pay-to-play” scheme, the foreign nationals paid tuition to the schools who faked transcripts and other records so the foreign national could extend their student visas.

The key to the scam was an immigration document that allows shows a foreign national has been accepted into a government-certified school and will be attending it full time. The “students” paid up to $1,800 for six month’s “tuition”to the men so they would appear to be enrolled and could remain in the United States, authorities said.