MARION, SC (WMBF) - A sentencing hearing has been set for the president of a Bible college in Marion, accused of overworking and underpaying several of his students, who entered a guilty plea in federal court in Florence to fraud in foreign labor contracting, according to Federal Court dockets and a United States Department of Justice officer.
Reginald Wayne Miller entered a guilty plea to visa fraud and wage and hour violations. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. probation office, according to a release.
The sentencing is set for 10 a.m. on October 22, 2015, at the McMillan Federal Building located at 401 W. Evans St. in Florence, according to Federal Court dockets.
Miller was arrested after a criminal complaint was filed for forced labor, according to an arrest warrant issued by the United States District Court. A complainant stated he was a student at the college and he was told he would make $100 per week for work study, but only made $50 per week.
The maximum penalty for fraud in foreign labor contracting is five years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000, the maximum penalty for visa fraud is 15 years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000, and the maximum penalty for wage and hour violations is imprisonment for six years and/or a fine of $10,000.
Another student claimed Miller threatened him with calling the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), if the student didn't comply to the workload.
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