ICE coppers bust pastor over student visa fraud

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.

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…

Immigration authorities say Oh charged students between $600 and $10,000 over the last decade to file paperwork on their behalf to certify they had been accepted to the university and would be attending class in order to obtain valid student visas.

Authorities said Oh raked in between $40,000 and $50,000 a month from the alleged scheme and acknowledged that 75 percent of the 300 students enrolled at the university did not regularly attend class.

According to a court affidavit, several Korean citizens said they paid Oh for paperwork to support their student visas so they could stay in the country legally but suspected the university was a sham. Young Rim Shin told investigators her paperwork indicated she studied computer science but she never took classes on campus and Oh told her to study at home or online, the affidavit said…

California Union University was originally founded as a Christian seminary but later broadened its course offerings to include education and Oriental medicine, according to the school’s Web site…

The creep would even hold phony graduation ceremonies for make-believe-students who never went to class, etc..

2 thoughts on “ICE coppers bust pastor over student visa fraud

  1. Cinaedh says:

    I’d say Mr. Oh really missed out on a financial bonanza by not having a California Union University football team.

    They could have been called “The Ghosts” and the networks would have paid hundreds of millions to televise them getting slaughtered by USC, Cal, UCLA etcetera.

    Those schools are always looking for vastly inferior teams to play, so they can build up their stats enough to qualify to play for the so-called “BCS national championship”.

    Mr. Oh had the right idea but when it came to fraud, he simply didn’t think BIG enough.

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