Monday, March 8, 2010

California Man Took College Exams for Middle Eastern Students, ICE Officials Say

No biggy, several are persons of interest
Daniel Higgins doesn't look like a Middle Eastern student, but officials say he routinely portrayed himself as one for almost a decade, getting paid up to $1,500 per student to attend their classes and take exams so they could keep their visas current and remain in the U.S.[...]

Six others -- Mohammed Alnuaim, Abdullah Alhogail, Khalid Almenaibi, Saeed Alfalahi, Ibrahim Almansoori and Mohamed Almehairi -- were also arrested Monday and appeared with Higgins before a U.S. magistrate. All were charged with immigration fraud.[...]

Sources said they do not know if any of the men are considered national security threats, but several are "persons of interest."

At one point, officials said, Higgins got so busy he hired other American students to pose as foreigners and take their tests. They allegedly obtained fake California drivers' licenses using their own photos, but using the Arab students' names.

The Middle Eastern students were all male. The students Higgins is accused of hiring to take their tests were all white Americans -- including, in one case, a 21-year-old blond coed
Shakes head.

Cross posted at Jawa Report

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