Woman gets home detention for ‘pay-to-stay’ immigration scam

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles woman has been sentenced to six months of home detention for her role in a multimillion-dollar “pay-to-stay” scheme that helped hundreds of foreign nationals remain in the United States by falsely claiming they were students.

Eun Young “Jamie” Choi was sentenced Thursday.

Prosecutors say Choi and others created student transcripts and other bogus records in order to deceive immigration authorities.

Choi was the last of three defendants sentenced in the scheme, which prosecutors say may have generated $6 million a year from citizens of South Korea, China and other nations.

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