Pleasanton: Tri-Valley University Accused of Scam

Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, May 3, 2011


Susan Su, 41, who operated Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, accepted money from foreigners, mostly Indians, in exchange for what was purported to be tuition and fees, federal prosecutors said.

In fact, she illegally obtained visa documents “without regard to the students’ academic qualifications or intent to pursue a course of study required to maintain a lawful immigration status,” authorities said.

Prosecutors said Indian nationals paid $2,700 a semester in tuition for visa-related documents that allowed them to live and work in the country on student immigration status.



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  1. Riley DeWiley May 4, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    I see so many Indians in the computer contracting business I wonder if there is a lot of visa scamming there too. A big firm will hire a lot of people through a job shop and leave it up to the job shop to check their papers. The shop has absolutely no motive to do so; the big company has no motive to check up on them; the programmers have no motive to tell anyone they are not legal; and the fox is guarding the hen house.


  2. joe May 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Above comment is very accurate. Yes Riley the job shops do falsify documents for visa applicants. That is standard. Applicants need to co-operate with them, and give “grease money” in order to assist in getting the visa.

  3. Anonymous May 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    And we are surprised because…??

    This is nothing more or less than an extension of the massive and ongoing degree-purchasing fraud that is already extant in India itself.

    The question then being why the Asian community is not held to the same standards of _performance_ that whites are.

    I guarantee you that if a white student took a basket weaving course at a community college, if they didn’t show up ‘with intent to graduate’, they would not be on the roster for long.

    Why then cannot a similar, voluntary, system for determining the immigration status of Indians be used? Don’t show up for school or maintain a passing grade status in class and it is -your choice- to self-revoke your student visa.