Fake university busted by ICE

This story isn’t about refugees but for two reasons I’m posting it.  First, I am fascinated by the large number and variety of scams and frauds perpetrated by people trying to get into the US (or who are ripping off welfare such as the food stamp program), and because it might help explain the mystery of a so-called Indian “university” that purchased a major piece of property in my county but split the scene almost immediately thereafter.

Here is the story from the Economic Times.* Hat tip: Ed.

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of Indian students , mostly from Andhra Pradesh , face the prospect of deportation from the US after authorities raided and shut down a university in the Silicon Valley on charges of a massive immigration fraud .

The Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, a major suburb in San Francisco Bay Area, has been charged by federal investigating authorities with being part of an effort to defraud, misuse visa permits and indulge in money laundering and other crimes.

According to a federal complaint filed in a California court, the University, which was raided and shut down last week, helped foreign nationals illegally acquire immigration status.

The university is said to have 1,555 students. As many as 95 per cent of these students are Indian nationals, the complaint said.

Investigations by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) found that while students were admitted to various residential and online courses of the university and on paper lived in California, in reality they “illegally” worked in various parts of the country as far as Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas.


ICE has called it as a “sham university.” The ICE investigations found that more than half of these students were reported to be residing in a single apartment located in Sunnyvale California.

So the “sham” university was used to bring “students” to the US on Student Visas only to let them roam throughout America taking jobs, what!, that Americans won’t do!

Now to Maryland. In 2008 an Indian “university” purchased the property (buildings and 40 plus acres) that had been the original local headquarters of Allegheny Energy in Washington County.   There was much fanfare in the local paper (where the worship of diversity is a driving force and anyone questioning anything about immigration is a racist bigot who kicks kittens) about how wonderful it was that this foreign university wanted to be in Hagerstown.

However, the mystery is that the Indians never did anything with the property and that it is now on the market again and I can’t find a single word about it in the Herald Mail archives (not even the original article with all its gushing excitement).    I know I wasn’t dreaming about their arrival in Washington County because I found this story about Vinayaka Missions University in which the Herald Mail story is mentioned.  Maybe it’s me, but see if you can find a word about the “university” in the local paper.

LOL!  I bet its this motto of Vinayaka that mesmerized the grand poobas at the Herald Mail:

Vinayaka Missions University’s motto is the school, “strives to spread the cerebral VISION to impart knowledge that is WISDOM which is achieved in the spirit of UNITY.”  [huh?]

Oh, I did find lots of fraud claims throughout the world about Vinayaka Missions University.

*Just like the previous story on Somalis swarming a UN office in South Africa, funny how we have to read these stories in foreign publications.

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