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Fullerton pastor sentenced in student visa fraud scheme

A Fullerton pastor who used his religious university as a front for a student visa fraud scheme was sentenced Monday in federal court to one year in prison and one year of home confinement.

Samuel Chai Cho Oh, 66, pleaded guilty Jan. 13 to 10 counts of visa fraud and two counts of money laundering after U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents discovered he was collecting $40,000 to $50,000 a month from “students” at California Union University.

The money was paid in exchange for documentation that allowed them to apply for student visas.

The students later said they never attended classes or saw any teachers or students on the Fullerton campus, officials said.

U.S. District Judge James Selna also ordered Oh to turn over the school’s property -- valued at $4 million -- and $418,000 to the federal government.

More than 300 people from more than 20 countries were listed as students at the time of Oh’s arrest, officials said.

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