NEWARK, NJ – Federal authorities say they set up a fake university that snared 21 people operating a student visa scam that involved more than 1,000 foreign nationals.
The U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday that it created the University of Northern New Jersey in 2013 staffed by undercover agents, but without classes or instructors.
The agents allegedly were given cash by recruiters and brokers for helping the purported students in the visa process.
The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud and conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit.
Most of the foreign nationals who benefited from the alleged scheme were from China and India.