The US has accused that the students detained in the fake University scam were aware of committing the Visa crime. This is when they registered at the institution. Meanwhile, the Attorneys for the defendants accused the US administration of tricking the students.
The Department of State in the US has released a press statement. It says that all the participants of the scheme were aware that Farmington University had neither classes nor instructors in any form in-person or online. They were also cognizant of committing Visa crime for remaining in the US, adds the statement.
The US gave this response after the demarche issued by the External Affairs Ministry in India to the New Delhi US Embassy. It asserted that students were deceived for registering to the ‘University’. They must be treated in a different manner from the recruiters who cheated them, adds the demarche.
The advocates for the defendants accused the US government of trapping the students. This is into registering at the Farmington University. FU was a fake institution set up by law enforcement officials in the US. This was as a part of the sting operation for cracking down on US Visa fraud, as quoted by the Outlook India.
129 Indian students and 8 supposed recruiters were detained by the Immigration Officials in the US involved with the FU. Only civil immigration charges are being faced by the students. However, recruiters have been accused of committing the Visa fraud conspiracy. They have also been charged with harbouring immigrants for profit and face sentence of a maximum of 5 years.
A few of the detained students have been released from custody. This is on the condition of wearing ankle monitors. This will permit electronic monitoring of their movements by the authorities. Around 600 students who enrolled at the fake University can face the threat of legal action.
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