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According to L.A. West Media, “A Beverly Hills Vocational Schools Owner Pleads Guilty to Student Visa Fraud.”

A Beverly Hills man, named Hee Sun “Leo” Shim, entered his plea in Los Angeles federal court to felony counts of conspiracy and visa fraud.   He owned and operated a network of four vocational schools which accepted foreign students who came to the United States with student visa but never studied.

The enterprise — which may have generated as much as $6 million a year for Shim and two co-defendants — involved three schools in Koreatown: Prodee University/Neo-America Language School; Walter Jay M.D. Institute, an Educational Center; and the American College of Forensic Studies; and Likie Fashion and Technology College in Alhambra, authorities said.

A compliance team from Homeland Security Investigation’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program started the fraud investigation in 2011.  Many foreign students involved in the fraud are from South Korea and China.  They originally entered the U.S. with other authorized schools’ admission credentials but later transferred to schools in the Prodee network.

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