In a sting operation spearheaded by the Department of Homeland Security in New Jersey, operatives from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency created a fake university profile to attract and arrest criminal visa brokers. The operation led to the successful arrest of 21 individuals, who have been charged with student and work visa fraud.
On the surface, the University of Northern New Jersey looked like your regular college in the United States, with a campus located in Cranford, New Jersey, some 22 miles south of New York. It also had a friendly-looking website and Facebook page (both of which have since been shut down), complete with a fictional coat of arms bearing the words, “Humanus, Scientia, Integritas.” However, UNNJ had no professors or instructors, no curriculum, and no classes or other educational activities.
Instead, undercover agents from the ICE posed as corrupt administrators looking to work with unscrupulous brokers and scam foreign students wanting to enter the country on student visas.