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Feds raid alleged "pay to stay" colleges

Published 8:12 PM ET, Wed March 11, 2015
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Federal authorities raided the fifth floor of an office tower that served as a language school for visiting students from Korea and China near Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood. Paul Vercammen/CNN
Federal authorities accuse a network of four Southern California schools of operating a "pay to stay" scheme in which the schools helped Korean and Chinese students obtain visas and then didn't require them to attend classes. Paul Vercammen/CNN
During their raid of one of the four schools, federal agents said they found the school "abandoned." There were no students in the school. Paul Vercammen/CNN
The Prodee University/Neo-America Language School and three other California schools allegedly collected as much as $6 million in annual tuition from students, who didn't attend classes. Many didn't live in California. Fed agents found no one in the classrooms during their raid. Paul Vercammen/CNN
Prodee University/Neo America Language School says "it is our mission that all students be able to flourish in their ability to use and understand English in all facets of life by providing a top quality ESL educational environment," according to its 2011-2012 catalog published on the website of the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Paul Vercammen/CNN