A Massachusetts man, Keenam “Kason” Park, was arrested and charged in connection with a scheme to defraud private high schools and international students. The international student recruitment scheme netted millions of dollars in tuition and other fees.
According to the Department of Justice, Park’s company, K&B Education Group ran the scheme between approximately 2010 and 2019.
K&B Education Group, which did business under the name EduBoston, partnered with private high schools across at least 10 states, including Massachusetts, to recruit international students for enrollment. EduBoston collected tuition and other fees from the students’ families and was supposed to pay the students’ tuition to partnering schools prior to the start of each academic year.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that Park caused EduBoston “to collect tuition and other payments from students’ families for the current academic year but failed to remit tuition payments to partnering schools. Instead, Park used the funds on unrelated expenses, including personal expenses.
The DOJ also accuses Park of causing EduBoston to collect advance tuition and other payments for the 2020-2021 academic year, which Park has failed to return to the students’ families. On or about Sept. 26, 2019, EduBoston announced that the company would be going out of business effective immediately.
According to the government, to date, Park has allegedly failed to pay the tuition owed, and has advised partnering schools that EduBoston is unable to pay. The government’s complaint alleges that records prepared by a consulting firm on behalf of EduBoston show that the company owes over $5 million to partnering schools.