The founder of a Bible college in South Carolina faces more than 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges stemming from overworking and underpaying international students.
Area media outlets report that Reginald Wayne Miller, the founder of Cathedral Bible College in Marion, pleaded Wednesday in federal court in Florence.
Miller pleaded guilty to four felony charges and two misdemeanors involving labor fraud, visa fraud and failing to pay minimum wages.
Prosecutors say the college classes were a sham and students were forced to live in substandard conditions and work at the college or Miller’s home for little pay. Authorities say students who refused to work were threatened with deportation.
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The charges carry a combined penalty of 41 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines.