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Feds charge university founder with money laundering, fraud

Original post made on Jan 27, 2011

Federal court documents show Susan Xiao-Ping Su, the founder of Tri-Valley University and owner of two homes in Pleasanton, has been charged with money laundering, mail fraud and wire fraud.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7:14 AM

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Posted by Web watcher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

We should all be grateful a consumer website first tipped off the 'school' was not accredited. What a fabulous tipoff from that individual, and the website. What a public service. I wonder what site it was...I'd like to be a participant. Communities must be alert, and not tolerate any violations creeping in...where there's smoke there is often fire. Web sites that allow ALL thoughts, observations, and concerns (the Thomas Jefferson concept of freedom of speech ) as SO much more valuable than sites that censor factual information....and consider phony political correctness is the priority ! 'eh Gina

Posted by ??, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

Her resume is online on the website for the tri-valley university.

How could Berkeley graduate someone with poor English skills? Berkeley is supposed to be a good university, and while this lady's degree was in Engineering, that is no excuse to let someone graduate without having mastered basic English skills!

Posted by D W, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

Throw the book at her! She's a disgrace to Pleasanton, the Tri-Valley, the Eastbay, and beyond! Hats off to the Feds for actually getting it right! Keep finding these scuzzy characters!

Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

With fraud skills that good, you'd think she went to one of America's premier business schools.

Posted by Sue, a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Put her in Jail, she doesn't deserve to profit and run a "Fake" University and mess with people, especially trying to bring "Illegal" people here! We already have too many illegals here!

Posted by One Christian, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Conducts of Ms. Su and Tri-Valley University have nothing to do with Christian belief. Publishers of this article, please remove the related quotation from their website. Thx.

Posted by Big Poppa, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Damn Chi-Coms.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm

What happens to the houses and all that money?

Posted by Sue, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Is this a Chinese Ponzi Scheme?

Posted by Debby, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

As for graduating from Berkeley and not writing English correctly - easy. I worked at LLNL with a man who graduated from Berkeley with a 4.0 - he could not write a single sentence without a grammatical error or spelling mistake. His task - to write a synopsis of the function he wrote. I asked. "Oh, I did my GEs including English at Chabot. Berkeley doesn't count any of the transferred credits in my grade point average." I have no idea if that has changed - this was about 1986.

My bachelor's is from another country - no GE's required. However, the tests were essay so you had better know the language. English is my poorest subject.

As for the Feds closing in - Wonderful! There is no way this town has a university - college may be. Yes, there is a difference.

Posted by Chris, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I like the part about the curriculum being integrated with christian belief. One fraud stacked atop another. I wonder if the feds have looked at Oral Roberts, Liberty, and the host of other evangelical 'schools' that systematically brainwash their students by injecting god into any and all curricular matters?

Posted by MainStreetDiva, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

MainStreetDiva is a registered user.

Chris: Please stick to the topic of Tri-Valley University and Ms. Su, and try to resist the temptation of dragging unrelated religious schools into the discussion.

Posted by aloyious, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I don't know if Chris is as far off the mark as you in your scolding tone suggest there, MainStreetDiva. The article specifically states that "Christian belief" was tied up with the school's academics and job-training. Do you care to monitor my freedom of expression too?

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

It is not against the law not to be accredited, buyer beware. This is an ICE investigation, Homeland Security. I imagine they has them under investigation because of the falsified applications for student visas.

Posted by Matt, a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Did a google, and found this forum posts

Web Link

Posted by Abigail, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

Perhaps her resume with the Berkeley degree is fraudulent? Thank you for making me feel like a genius.

Posted by HotSam, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jan 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

Absolutely Berkeley and any other university you care to name are graduating students who can't speak or write correct English. The almighty non-resident tuition dollar and "diversity" trump everything. And as for engineering students, they're dreaming if they think it doesn't matter. At least where I work, if we peer review something written in bad English, there's no way we'll approve it and we send it back for corrections.

Posted by Save Our Customs and Culture, a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

One needs to find out if there aren't any tunnels beneath this building and other Chinese businesses harboring illegals. Downtown Pleasanton was litter will underground tunnels from past Chinese immigrants/workers. This needs to be investigated, as far as I'm concerned. Someone needs to get on this and for that matter, check out Muslim establishments, too. Find out if tunnels are being built to harbor illegals.

Posted by comment, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

"At least where I work, if we peer review something written in bad English, there's no way we'll approve it and we send it back for corrections."

Yes, but most of the high value add engineering work is going to China anyway, so there more important question is how good is her Chinese?

Posted by Jane, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Yes, and I wonder how proficient any of you are in the Chinese language or any other language, for that matter. And I won't comment on the startlingly horrid grasp of English exemplified by so many of the contributors to this and other threads.

You folks positively slay me. Just a little bit of fear of foreigners is it? What a bunch of frightened wee ninnies you sound like. Afraid they'll work harder than you, or outperform your kids in school? Afraid they'll put you to shame by learning your language and then outcompeting you on every level? I imagine so....

It's hard to believe that it is anything but right-wingers tearing their hair out over this. Always needing to scapegoat some diverse other who looks or sounds different than you. In another era, you'd have been forming mobs in order to enact the Chinese Exclusion Acts; you'd have been screaming for the incarceration of Japanese-Americans; you'd have been lathered up in a mob mentality at the prospects of African-Americans moving north or west; you'd have been backing George Wallace's efforts to protect his good southern-white schools from little black kids; and I imagine today most of you fantasize hunting Latinos along the southwest borderlands.

You're so blinded by hatred, fear and prejudice that you can't even seem to grasp the contradiction that exists in your free market ideology and your hatred of newly arrived immigrants. Free markets means free markets. It means free trade within and across borders. It means free trade of goods and free trade of labor across borders. But you're too blinded to recognize the contradiction you live with. No, in this instance, you want big daddy government to protect you and your children by spending billions and billions on thousands of border patrol agents who sit in their $65 grand SUV's and stare at dirt; billions on a wall that is a complete and total farce. Yeah, you guys are real freedom seekers alright. But, unfortunately, you're too cowardly to admit that your hatred, self-loathing and insecurity eclipses even the ideology you claim to embrace. Pathetic.

Posted by Really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Save Our Customs and Culture- tell me you are being facetious.

Posted by Anne, a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

Wake up 'Save Our Customs and Culture'!

Posted by Mark Winshel, a resident of another community
on Jan 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm

According to court documents, Ms. Su ran an "elaborate fraud scheme." If so she was inviolation of Bay area "standards" and Bay area "law," since anyone who knows anything about Bay area "standards" and "law" relating to frauds and scams would realize that engaging in such is considered illegal unless you are a lawyer or a law firm or a business that makes large election campaign contributions.

Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Jan 31, 2011 at 9:01 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Jane-? Really? "Just a little bit of fear of foreigners is it? Afraid they'll put you to shame by learning your language and then outcompeting you on every level?"

It's not foreigners at issue with this bogus university, it's illegals using phony visas. I guess you're OK with that as long as it promotes your version of utopia, which includes diversity of criminal elements regardless as to cost to the law abiding majority of our society. In your world, the ends justify the means....these poor unfortunate dupes trying to better themselves at the expense of everyone else already here playing by the rules, working hard and yes, speaking English.
Good thing this was a Chinese criminal perpetrating this fraud instead of those God-fearing evil white folks, eh Jane?

Posted by Justice, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

When will they be coming to arrest our mayor and city council on fraud charges???

Posted by N, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

This immigration loophole needs to be tightened up all over the U.S. we don't need unskilled foreigners taking jobs in our country, period. American born college graduates are having enough competition for jobs without having foreigners with BOGUS visas competing for the same jobs.

We need to get rid of the pregnant tourist visa loopholes too. Citizenship should not be given to the best bribing foreigner... we should only let people become citizens if their parent is a citizen or they have a unique and rare skill that we need (like doctors or computer scientists) with a specific job that they can prove cannot be filled by an American

Everyone else should get in line and no anchor babies

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