Charlotte school leader allegedly hid foreign students from Homeland Security

CHARLOTTE, NC — A federal complaint filed in the Western District of North Carolina alleges Evelyn Mack Academy founder Evelyn Mack conspired to hide 75 foreign student athletes who were in the country illegally from the Department of Homeland Security and profited from it.

The former K-12 private school on Monroe Road in Charlotte has been the focus of previous Channel 9 investigations.

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The complaint alleges Mack "knowingly and intentionally entered false information regarding whether these foreign nationals were in compliance with their F-1 student visas."


Federal investigators say Mack helped coaches and recruiters circumvent the student visa system by saying students were "properly enrolled and maintaining a full course of study when she knew the information was false."

Channel 9 confronted Mack in 2016 with allegations she was connected to a human trafficking ring.

"I would never participate in human trafficking. All of my students are here legally," she told us then.

We were unable to contact Mack Monday. She is now charged with conspiracy to conceal, harbor or shield from detection an illegal alien.

The academy ceased operations in 2017.