US: Head of shuttered Tri-Valley University arrested

The president of Tri-Valley University, which has been called a 'sham' by federal prosecutors, was arrested last week after being indicted on 33 counts for what authorities call a student visa fraud scheme, writes Sophia Kazmi for Contra Costa Times.

Susan Xiao-Ping Su (41) was arrested on Monday. She was indicted on 28 April by a federal grand jury on counts of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, alien harbouring and making false statements, among other violations.

Su is accused of engaging in a two-year scheme to defraud the Department of Homeland Security by submitting fraudulent documents for Tri-Valley University's applicants, to admit foreign students on student visas in exchange for "tuition and fees". The indictment also says that Su engaged in multiple money laundering transactions totalling more than $3.2 million, using the proceeds derived from the visa fraud scheme.

Tri-Valley University was mostly an online university with foreign students living in various parts of the country. About 95% of the foreign students were from India.
Full report on the Mercury News site