DULUTH, Ga. -- Metro Atlanta English language school administrators have been indicted on charges of helping students to obtain fraudulent visas to some who worked as prostitutes.
"We did have allegations that some of these girls were employed in Karaoke bars and may have been involved in prostitution," said U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement investigator, Bob Andrews.
U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Bob Page says 52-year-old College Prep Academy CEO Dong Seok Yi conspired with the school's academic coordinator, 41-year-old Sook An Kil, to obtain fraudulent documents for women they claimed were students.
It's alleged each student was charged up to $18,000 for false documents to obtain student visa and for maintaining false enrollment.
As many as half of the school's approximately 100 students are alleged to have been fraudulently working, instead of attending classes.
The indictment charges Kil, Seok, and a California man with conspiracy and making false statements. It is unclear if they have attorneys and a call to the school was not answered.
Students who participated in the alleged deception will be deported. Authorities are helping the legitimate students to find other accredited schools, otherwise they'll have to return home.