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Language School Owner Convicted for Fake Visas

Korea Times, New Report, Kim, No-Yeol Posted: Sep 03, 2009

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Songwoo Shim, 47, the owner of the Humana Language Learning Center in Duluth, Ga., was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison and fined $24,000 for manufacturing fake visas, the Korea Times reports. Shim submitted a fraudulent petition to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Student Exchange Visitor Program in order to get visas for students attending his language school. Shim also fabricated diplomas and bank accounts for some Koreans holding travelers visas and helped them find jobs after receiving thousands of dollars from them. The majority of students never attended class but used the false visas to live and work in the United States. According to ICE, there are approximately 9,800 language schools in the United States, with 722,000 foreign students enrolled, including 110,000 Korean students.

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