Tri-Valley Founder Gets 16 Years for Running Sham University

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 LOS ANGELES — The founder of California-based Tri-Valley University, who destroyed the academic careers of several hundred Indian students in the U.S., has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for running a sham university that served as a front for an immigration scam, reports PTI.

Susan Xiao-Ping Su, 44, was sentenced after being convicted on 31 counts of wire and mail fraud, money laundering, alien harboring and other charges related to running an immigration scam, the Department of Justice announced.

“Every year our country welcomes academically qualified students from all over the world to learn from our country’s best and brightest,” U.S. attorney Melinda Haag said Oct. 31.

“The defendant’s scheme took advantage of this highly valuable immigration process, reducing opportunities for legitimate, worthy student applicants,” she added.
Su opened Tri-ValleyUniversity in 2008, setting up shop in a California office park, boasting a faculty of 50 and offering online courses in engineering, medicine and law.