Lawmakers question DeVos, accreditor on fake University of Farmington sting – The Detroit News
Democratic U.S. Reps. Andy Levin and Susan Davis, as well as Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren are questioning the U.S. Education Department and the accreditor of a fake university about their roles in using the school to entrap foreign-national students.
The lawmakers sent letters Thursday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges regarding their roles in the fake university set up by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The undercover sting, dubbed “Operation Paper Chase,” targeted an immigration fraud scheme that involved at least 600 people who collectively paid recruiters more than $250,000 to stay in the United States, according to prosecutors.
Homeland Security agents used “the University of Farmington,” which had no staff, instructors, curriculum or classes, to arrest eight recruiters accused of visa fraud conspiracy and harboring aliens for profit, according to federal grand jury indictments.