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Sham NJ College Helps Enrollees Obtain Student Visas, Not Diplomas

Over three years, the University of Northern New Jersey enabled a thousand foreign nationals from 26 countries to get valuable enrollment papers

With no classes, no labs, no tests, and no homework, the University of Northern New Jersey may have sounded too good to be true. That’s because it was: The bogus school was an elaborate scam to help foreign nationals obtain student visas so they could stay in the United States. Over the three years it was in the business, the sham school helped about a thousand foreign nationals from 26 countries get bogus enrollment papers.

The university maintained a “campus” in an office building in Cranford, but its online presence is where it did business, involving some 21 recruiters and brokers. In fact, its entire “staff” consisted of undercover Homeland Security Investigators and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“The defendants arranged to obtain fake visas by having individuals enroll in a fake university,” said U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman.

Read the full report by NJTV News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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