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Pleasanton Fake University Operator Convicted of Fraud

Original post made by Fraud on Mar 25, 2014

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, journalist Henry Lee in an article Web Link indicates Susan Su has been found guilty of all counts.

The university, operating first at 4455 Stoneridge Drive, then Pleasanton School District Central Office headquarters located at 4665 Bernal and 405 Boulder Court was a fake university that was a front for foreign students seeking to establish U.S. immigration status. Susan Su, 43, who operated Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, was found guilty of wire and mail fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, visa fraud, use of a false document, making false statements to a government agency, alien harboring, unauthorized access to a government computer and money laundering.

Su was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal after the jury's verdict. Su's sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 20, 2014, before Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco. The maximum statutory penalty for each violation is as follows:
18 U.S.C. 1343 (wire fraud): 20 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and restitution;
18 U.S.C. 1341 (mail fraud): 20 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and restitution;
18 U.S.C. 1546(a) (visa fraud): 10 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and restitution;
18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(3) (use of a false document): 5 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and restitution;
8 U.S.C. 1324 (alien harboring): 10 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and restitution;
18 U.S.C. 1030 (unauthorized access of government computer): 5 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and restitution; and
18 U.S.C. 1957(a) (money laundering): 10 years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and restitution.

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