Massive British college scam allowed thousands of ’suspicious’ Pak students to enroll

May 21st, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 21 (ANI): After the arrest of 11 Pakistan students for allegedly plotting terror attacks in Britain, it was revealed that those students had entered Britain on false student visas, but it seems that it was only a part of a larger conspiracy, as it has now been revealed that thousands of young Pakistan civilians had exploited a hole in Britain’s immigration defences to enroll themselves as students at a network of fraud colleges.

The Times has unearthed a major scam in which fraudsters have earned millions of dollars by luring students from Pakistan to get admission in sham colleges in Britain.

It has now been exposed that eight of the terror suspects arrested last month in Manchester and Liverpool were registered in a college that had three small classrooms and three teachers for the 1,797 students.

Another college claimed to have 150 students but enrolled 1,178 students, and offered places to a further 1,575 applicants from foreign countries, out of which 906 were from Pakistan.

The investigation further disclosed that :

-those running the scam charged at least 1,000 pounds for admission places and fake diplomas. They created their own university to issue bogus degrees.

-they also charged 2,500 pounds for false attendance records, diplomas and degrees that were used to extend the students’ stay in Britain.-One wealthy associate, Mir Ahmad was wanted in two murders in Pakistan and was arrested after the disclosure.

Meanwhile, British Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said that the report has been passed onto the concerned authorities which are investigating the issue.

“The information provided by The Times has been passed on to the UK Border Agency, which is investigating,” Woolas said. (ANI)

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