Silicon Valley University CEO Indicted on Charges of Visa Fraud

Lisa M. Krieger and Molly Vorwerck, Contra Costa Times, August 3, 2012

Striking a blow at a Silicon Valley school that attracted foreigners with student visas, federal agents on Thursday raided Sunnyvale’s Herguan University and charged its CEO with visa fraud.

The indictment marks the second time federal officials have ensnared a Bay Area university in a growing effort to catch up with schools that allegedly rake in millions of dollars as so-called visa mills.

Herguan University leader Jerry Wang, 32, was arrested Thursday at his home in Santa Clara and charged in a 15-count indictment that could send him to prison for up to 23 years and amount to more than $1 million in fines.

The charges come a year after an investigation by this newspaper found Herguan was among a group of Bay Area schools—including Pleasanton’s now-shuttered Tri-Valley University—that misrepresented information on federal applications, which allowed them to sponsor overseas students for coveted visas.

In the case of Tri-Valley, federal agents allege the unaccredited school had been paid millions of dollars by foreigners to obtain student visas that authorized them to remain in the U.S.

Thursday’s indictment said Wang and others at Herguan submitted false documents, false transfer letters and made false statements to federal regulators.

{snip} The case could throw into question the immigration status for about 450 students enrolled at Herguan, most natives of India.


Last year, dozens of students at Tri-Valley University faced deportation threats and similar questions when federal agents raided the unaccredited school and charged its president, Susan Su, with raking in millions of dollars in a major visa scam.

Federal investigators found more than 550 students enrolled in the Alameda County university were registered as living at the same address: a two-bedroom apartment on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale.


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  • The__Bobster

    It’s nice to finally see a story critical of the “model minority” We have too many people here who think they can do no wrong.

    •  Paging John Engleman, paging John Engleman, John Engleman to the courtesy phone please.

      • ABM

        John can’t hear you, he’s too busy trying to bail this guy out of jail.

        • JohnEngelman

          Good response. I could not help but laugh when I read that. 

      • JohnEngelman

        Engelman answering his page.
        I never said Orientals “can do not wrong.” I have quoted Jared Taylor
        and Professor J. Philippe Rushton 
        who point out that Orientals have lower crime rates than whites. 
        If any one can document that Orientals have a higher rate of white color crime, please do so. I am not interested in anecdotal evidence. I want rates per 100,000 Orientals and whites. 
        News stories about Oriental criminals are what journalists call “man bites dog stories.” Those events rarely happen, so they are newsworthy. 

        • ABM

          Asians are in fact more likely to be in a criminal gang than whites. I don’t have a link right now but I think I read it on this site.

          • JohnEngelman

            Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.                  
            – Jared Taylor, from The Color of Crime

    • Up to my neck in CA

      There are plenty of stories out there about “Asians” and crime!

      Union City man Balvinder Singh Chadha, 45, pleaded guilty to charges that he was the investor and head of Golden Pacific Logistics, or GPL, a truck leasing company which he used to procure contracts from USPS, de-frauding the government out of more than $4.4 million, according to prosecutors.
      Redwood City Kung-Fu instructor fondles students
      Gupta, 67, and Lu, 56, admitted to charges of illegal commercialization of wildlife for selling ivory accessories in their jewelry stores near Manhattan’s famous Diamond District.
      An Orlando man accused of putting his daughter in the trunk of his car has been arrested on child abuse charges

      • JohnEngelman

        A few anecdotes do not indicate a high rate of crime. 

    • I’d say the difference between Asians and blacks and mestizos is that Asians commit mostly white collar crimes and fraud rather than violent crime.

      • JohnEngelman

        No one worries about blacks engaging in a computer related scheme to use post Einsteinian mathematics to defraud the Stock Market. 

  • ABM

    We should all be happy to be race replaced by Asians, otherwise we should just go back to Europe.

  • Just like the UK

  • Xanthippe2

    “Jerry Wang collected millions from foreigners who wanted student visas”

    I am totally shocked by this!  (I mean I am shocked there was any investigation and that he was indicted.  And that it got any publicity. Not shocked that it happened.)

    Of course being indicted, doesn’t mean convicted, and convicted doesn’t mean any meaningful punishment.  Also, this is a rather obscure newspaper with a small circulation.  In the area’s two major papers (the SF Comical and the San Jose Murky News) I saw nothing.

    And remember the “students” will not be deported because of Obama’s fiat — unless one or more happen to be known serial axe murderers.

  • IKantunderstand

    To be an American, you must perforce be White. Period. End of discussion. Due to the laws of this country, you can legally be a citizen, but you will never, ever, be an American.

    • JohnEngelman

      Tell that to the American Indians. 

  • The Verdict of History

     Umm…. Japan?