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Founder of 'Tri-Valley University' Convicted on 35 Counts for Visa Fraud Scheme

Susan Xiao-Ping Su, 43, of Pleasanton, was taken into custody after being convicted on multiple felonies

By Bay City News—

The founder and president of an online university based in Pleasanton was taken into custody today after a federal court jury found her guilty of 35 counts for running a visa fraud scheme.
 
Federal prosecutors alleged Tri-Valley University, which was run by Susan Xiao-Ping Su, 43, of Pleasanton, was a bogus, unaccredited venture designed to rake in millions of dollars from foreigners who sought to obtain student visas so they could stay in the U.S.
 
In addition to visa fraud, Su was convicted today of conspiracy, wire fraud, use of a false document, false statements to a government agency, alien harboring, unauthorized access to a government computer and money laundering.
 
Prosecutors said evidence at Su's three-week trial before U.S. Judge Jon Tigar shows she engaged in a two-year-scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by submitting fraudulent documents in support of the university's petition for approval to admit foreign students.
 
The U.S. Attorney's Office said that after Su obtained that approval she fraudulently issued visa-related documents to student aliens in exchange for "tuition and fees."

Prosecutors said that in Su's petition for approval, she made material false representations to the Department of Homeland Security about Tri-Valley University's admission requirements, graduation requirements, administrators, instructors, class transferability, and intent to comply with federal regulations. During the trial, prosecutors said, three purported Tri-Valley University professors testified that they never authorized Su to use their credentials in connection with the university and multiple employees testified that the school had no requirements for admission or graduation and she routinely instructed her staff to fabricate transcripts.
 
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Su admitted and maintained student aliens in exchange for tuition and other payments. Prosecutors said one of Su's convictions was for harboring two Tri-Valley University student-employees to help her in making the false representations to the Student and Exchange Visitors System, which the U.S. government uses to monitor student visas.
 
One of the harbored student employees testified that Su asked him to paint her house and to move furniture, prosecutors said. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Su made nearly $6 million through her operation of Tri-Valley University and engaged in seven money laundering transactions using proceeds to purchase commercial real estate, a Mercedes Benz and multiple residences, including a mansion on the Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, each in her name.
 
Prosecutors said authorities began investigating Su in May 2010 after they received a tip. Erik Babcock, Su's attorney, couldn't be reached for comment today.

Su's sentencing is June 20.
Desert Rat March 25, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Crap, I suppose my Ph.D. from TVU isn't going to get me a raise then. Ah well, at least I have my letter jacket and my prom memories from the Chuck E. Cheese private party room...
Monika Harris March 26, 2014 at 05:00 AM
Time to ship her ass back to whatever ASIAN country she came from -
Becky March 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM
This was a really good article with a ton of information, and I hope there is a follow-up in June when she is sentenced.
mike March 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM
I guess 5-6 million dollars really helps one sleep at night. BWAC-Born without a conscience.

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