FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich (CBS Detroit) – At first glance, it seemed real, the University of Farmington boasted that its “innovative curriculum combines traditional instruction and distance learning with full-time professional experiences.”

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However, the University was not real, it was created in 2015 as part of a sting operation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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According to the Detroit Free Press, on Wednesday, ICE arrested 130 foreign students across the country who were enrolled in the fake school.

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The school targeted legal immigrants who wanted to stay in the country past their visa or those who wanted to re-enter the country so they could work.

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The prosecutor maintains that the students arrested knew they were participating in the illegal operation, they call it a “pay-to-stay” scheme. It is unclear how many students are facing deportation, but it’s being called one of the largest sweeps in recent years.

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security shut down a website that had been created for the University of Farmington. On the website, it now reads: “The University of Farmington has been closed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

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