few hundred (rich? clueless???) Indians. Plus a bit of slavery and
perjury thrown in.
A silver lining of justice colored the dark clouds when the Kalpana (Iron Dome) Anti-Missile weapon was eventually unleashed.
Since public memory is very short people will soon forget this tragedy and (not) hopefully a new set of victims will be sacrificed at the altar of greed and corruption (all parties involved).
If there was a hero it was Indian-American attorney Kalpana Peddibhotla who fought dilligently on behalf of the students and even persuaded US immigration to remove ankle-bracelets (aka dog-chains) from people who may be innocent victims.
Kalpana Peddibhotla, who handled the cases of several former Tri-Valley
students, told India-West after the verdict was announced: “Today’s verdict
against Susan Su is an important day of closure for the hundreds of
international students that were duped by her and wasted countless dollars and
time as a result of her fraudulent school, Tri-Valley University.”
that students were also victims of her fraud and that they deserve justice.
While I am happy about today’s verdict, I still have concerns about how our
government regulated TVU in the first place,” said Peddibotla.
fraud, coupled with the lack of early government intervention and oversight,
has permanently impacted the personal lives and careers of many former TVU
students,” added the Indian American attorney, who – shortly after the ICE raid
– persuaded the U.S. government to remove the ankle bracelets that were
shackling detained Tri-Valley students.
founder of California-based Tri-Valley University in the US, who
destroyed the academic careers of several hundred Indian students, has
been convicted on 31 counts including visa fraud by a federal grand
Susan Xiao-Ping Su’s sentencing is scheduled for June 20.
The guilty verdict followed a three-week jury trial before the Jon S
Tigar, US District Court Judge in San Francisco.
illegal operations involving visa fraud and wire transfers Su made over
$5.9 million through her operation of Tri-Valley University (TVU),
About 90 per cent of TVU’s students were from
India. She engaged in seven money laundering transactions using
proceeds to purchase commercial real estate, a Mercedes Benz car, and
multiple residences, including a mansion on the Ruby Hill Golf Club in
Pleasanton, California each in her name.
The investigation began in May, 2010 following a tip to federal investigators pertaining to irregularities at TVU.
Su was indicted by a federal grand jury in November, 2011. She was
charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud,
visa fraud, use of a false document, false statements to a government
agency, alien harbouring, unauthorised access to government computers,
and money laundering.
Evidence at trial showed that Su, 43,
engaged in a two-year scheme to defraud the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) by submitting fraudulent documents in support of TVU’s
petition for approval to admit foreign students and, after having
obtained such approval, fraudulently issued visa-related documents to
student aliens in exchange for “tuition and fees”.
petition, Su made material false representations to DHS regarding TVU’s
admission requirements, graduation requirements, administrators,
instructors, class transferability, and agreed to comply with federal
Three purported TVU professors testified that they
never authorised Su to use their credentials in connection with the
university. Multiple TVU employees testified that the university had no
requirements for admission or graduation, and that Su routinely
instructed her staff to fabricate fraudulent transcripts.
carrying out the scheme, Su made additional false representations to DHS
through TVU’s use of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information
System (SEVIS), which the US government uses, in part, to monitor the
F-1 student visa programme, the Justice Department said.
Through her false representations, Su was able to unlawfully obtain and
issue F-1 visa-related documents without regard to the students’
academic qualifications or intent to pursue a course of study required
to maintain a lawful immigration status.
Su admitted and maintained student aliens in exchange for tuition and other payments, the justice department said.
The jury also convicted Su of harbouring two TVU student employees to
assist her in making the false representations to SEVIS. One of the
harboured student employees testified that Su asked him to paint her
house and to move furniture.