Federal agents arrest Marion Bible college president on forced labor charges

Source: Florence County Detention Center
Source: Florence County Detention Center
Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The president of Cathedral Bible College in Marion went before a federal judge Thursday, after complaints were made that he overworked and underpaid several of his students.

Dr. Reginald Wayne Miller was arrested after a criminal complaint was filed for forced labor, according to an arrest warrant issued by the United States District Court.

The affidavit states that a Homeland Security Investigation was conducted by Special Agent Haviland.

The complaint states Agent Haviland conducted interviews with eight individuals about their experiences at the college under Miller's supervision.

The students came forward with complaints of "a pervasive climate of fear in which their legal status as nonimmigrant students was in constant jeopardy."

It is stated that the students paid significant sums of money to travel to the U.S. to attend the college.

"These students committed and traveled to attend at personal expense, as a result of Miller's misrepresentations regarding their education, working and housing situations," according to the affidavit.

One complainant stated he was a student at the college and he was told he would make $100 per week for work study, but only makes $50 per week.

Another student claimed Miller threatened him with calling the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), if the student didn't comply to the workload.

According its Facebook page, CBC is a scriptural New Testament ministry centered in a New Testament Church,where the five-fold ministry gifts are in operation,and where the student not only learns in the classroom, but experiences his academic learning in the local church. The page says the college was founded in 1975.

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