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New York woman indicted in student visa scam

A New York City woman has been indicted for her alleged role in a student visa scam uncovered after federal authorities set up a fake university.

Ting Xue faces one count of conspiracy and seven counts of visa fraud.

The 28-year-old Queens resident allegedly recruited foreign nationals to enroll so they could fraudulently obtain or keep student or work visas.

Federal authorities set up the University of Northern New Jersey in 2014 in Cranford. It had no instructors, classes or degree programs, but advertised itself as a destination for foreign students.

The U.S. attorney's office says Xue and 20 others charged in April knew the university was bogus but didn't know it was a sting operation.

An attorney listed for Xue didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.