Court Decides Students Can Sue Over Fake School

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( – Near the end of June, a federal appeals court reversed the decision of the lower court to dismiss a case brought by a student who found himself fooled by a fake university that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement had set up. 

On June 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit noted in its ruling that Teja Ravi and fellow individuals impacted are allowed to take legal action against the fake school that had been set up in 2015 by ICE and was promoted online. The University of Farmington was a fictional institution that played a role in an undercover operation. The operation came to light in 2019 when eight people faced charges in Michigan for visa fraud as well as harboring migrants for money.

The fake school was meant to target fraudulent activity relating to student visas. However, the university did not offer any curriculum, classes, or educators. Ravi was among the individuals who had applied to attend the school and was allegedly never repaid for his tuition payments. 

The Department of Homeland Security, under which ICE is operating, has not offered a response to this case yet. 

In its opinion, the appeals court noted that the operation of the government was revealed, but the government did not reimburse Ravi or give him the education he provided payment for.

Ravi is an Indian citizen who lived in Houston when he first applied to the university back in 2018. According to reports, he took legal action not only on his own behalf but on behalf of the other people impacted. He alleged that the government breached contract by not providing education or refunding the students.

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