Marion bible college plans move amid money problems, arrest of president
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:27:44 GMT —
The Cathedral Bible College on North Main Street is moving back to a facility on Pampas Drive in Myrtle Beach due to financial problems, according to the College's Assistant Vice President Thom Avison.
Avison said the college owes money on the Marion facility and money to individuals who have helped them along the way.
He said they are trying to sell the Marion building.
According to the Cathedral Bible College website, the Marion campus on North Main Street was purchased in the fall of 2012. Before it was purchased by the college it was the site of the old Marion hospital. The school opened in January 2013.
Avison said that the college needs $11,000 to start classes for this semester. Classes are expected to start August 24, according to Avison.
In a Facebook post about the college's troubles he stated that he's not asking for money, but for prayer.
These financial troubles come while the college's president, Dr. Reginald Wayne Miller, is in jail and facing Forced Labor charges.
Miller was arrested in May on federal charges of Forced Labor against international students at the college.
The federal indictment says Miller, who serves as the president of the college, did knowingly provide and obtain labor and services of two unnamed individuals by means of abuse, and threatened abuse of law and legal process.
Miller has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
He was initially arrested May 21 on a federal criminal complaint.
According to federal authorities, eight students at the college said Miller threatened expulsion and therefore termination of their legal presence in the United States for noncompliance with his demands.
The international students worked on the Marion campus on student visas and the warrant says they were paid below minimum wage. It also says they endured work schedules that were outside the bounds of those permitted by federal regulations.
Miller's attorney filed motions Tuesday in federal court asking prosecutors to disclose their intent to use any evidence of other crimes, wrongs, or acts under federal rules of evidence.
Miller is currently being held at J. Rueben Long Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.
He's set to appear in court in September.
Federal prosecutors have indicated in court documents they will file additional charges against Miller, but haven't given a timeline as to when that will happen.