Cathedral Bible College president accused of putting international students into forced labor
FLORENCE, S.C. — The president and founder of Cathedral Bible College in Myrtle Beach is accused of making international students work long hours with little pay by threatening their legal status.
MyrtleBeachOnline.com reported that Reginald Wayne Miller is accused of forcing foreign students to work at the campus and his personal residence for as little as $25 per week.
Miller allegedly threatened to cancel foreign students’ visas if they did not work long hours for little pay.
The students also told investigators that they had poor living conditions at the school and the food provided for them by the college was expired.
Miller received a $250,000 bond at a hearing Friday. He is also not allowed on the college campus or to communicate with any of the school’s current or former foreign students as an investigation continues.
Miller’s attorney said his friends and family will reportedly try to raise the bond money.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations filed a criminal complaint against Miller this week.
Officials said they had probable cause to charge him with forced labor, a felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for each count.
Some victims may have already left the country and some may be former students who have yet to come forward, according to Carrie Fisher, the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case.
“I don’t think we’ve identified all of the potential victims yet,” Fisher said.
Read more: MyrtleBeachOnline.com