NY Criminal News: Former St. John’s Univ. Dean Accused of ‘Enslaving’ Students

10/01/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

New York, NY—The former dean of St. John’s University has been accused of making students do personal chores in order to keep their scholarships, according to a federal complaint. Fox News reported that Cecilia Chang’s problems began when she was first arrested on Sept. 15, 2010, for embezzling over $1 million in donations from the college, including 250,000 donation from the Saudi prince’s foundation.

Chang, 57, the former dean of the Institute of Asian Studies and vice president for international relations, is accused in a federal complaint that she threatened to withdrawal scholarships if the students didn’t complete her personal chores.

According to the complaint, “Chang had four students working seven days a week as her personal valets, one was forced to drive her son to the airport at 3 a.m. Others shoveled snow, took out the garbage and shuttled her to her hair salon.”

On Thursday, September 30, 2010, Chang was arrested on forced labor charges. A bail hearing is set for Friday in Brooklyn. Chang faces up to 20 years in prison if she is convicted.

The students will continue to receive financial aid.

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