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St. John’s University dean accused of using students as ‘slaves’

The former dean of St. John’s University in Queens, New York, was charged by federal prosecutors with forced labor and bribery.  Dean Cecilia Chang allegedly forced foreign scholarship students into working has her personal servants.

In Chang’s arrest warrant, FBI Special Agent Kenneth Hosey wrote, “Chang threatened the students and placed them in fear that if they refused to perform these personal services they would lose their scholarships and be unable to attend St. John’s.”

According to the New York Post:

Chang and her son would often berate the students if they were not satisfied with the performance of their domestic choirs, according to the FBI.

“Chang’s son treated [the student] badly, often yelling and cursing at [her], calling [her] stupid and complaining about the food,” according Hosey.

Dominic Scianna, a spokesman for St. John’s, said in a statement, “If these allegations by federal authorities are true, Ms. Chang’s treatment of some students and the environment she created are shocking and in complete violation of all this university stands for.”

Earlier this month, Chang was charged for embezzling over $1 million from donations to St. John’s.  The New York Times reports that “In that case, Ms. Chang is accused of stealing about $1 million from St. John’s. Prosecutors say she used the money to pay for lingerie, casino trips and her son’s tuition.”

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