Weston Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud in International Student Recruitment Scheme
BOSTON – A Weston man was sentenced today in connection with a scheme to defraud private high schools and international students of millions of dollars in tuition and other fees.
Keenam “Kason” Park, 59, of Weston, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to 60 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of at least $5,192,330. In August 2020, Park pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
Park caused EduBoston to collect tuition and other payments from students’ families for the 2019-2020 academic year but failed to remit tuition payments to partnering schools. Instead, Park used the funds on unrelated expenses, including personal expenses. Park also caused EduBoston to collect advance tuition and other payments for the 2020-2021 academic year, which Park failed to return to the students’ families after EduBoston went out of business around September 2019. As a result, EduBoston owes over $5 million to partnering schools and students’ families.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie A. Wright of Lelling’s Securities, Financial and Cyber Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.