The president and other school officials at College Prep Academy, an English language institution in Duluth, Georgia, have been indicted for immigration fraud after an investigation revealed that they allegedly enrolled foreign female students with the understanding that they would not attend class but instead would work as prostitutes in local bars. The school, which was certified to sponsor students on F-1 visas in 2009, listed up to 100 students as enrolled even though federal prosecutors claim that fewer than half that number attended class.
“These defendants are charged with using a student visa program as a front to cashing in on bringing immigrants here to work in local bars," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "From manufacturing false documents, to charging thousands of dollars in tuition payments to maintain the immigrants on their rolls, the defendants are charged with subverting the purpose of the student visa program for profit."
ICE reports that students who are legitimately enrolled in College Prep Academy will be given the option of transferring to another institution or leaving the country.
Calls to College Prep Academy’s listed number were not answered on Friday afternoon.