Jerry Wang, CEO of Sunnyvale college of Herguan University and University of East-West Medicine, has been charged with visa fraud in with student exchange program. Mr. Wang was arrested at his Santa Clara home. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 23 years in prison and fines more than $1 million.
Prosecutors allege Wang and others conspired to commit visa fraud by submitting falsified and forged documents to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange Visitor Program. As a result of the investigation, Herguan faces the loss of its authorization to enroll foreign students.
On Aug. 2, pursuant to a review of Herguan University’s certification, an SEVP representative served Herguan University school officials with a notice of intent to withdraw the school’s SEVP certification and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) access.
Herguan University nonimmigrant students have two choices:
1. Continue to attend classes, or continue to work at the job for which they were authorized Optional Practical Training, and maintain their active status in a manner required by regulations
2. Transfer to another SEVP-certified institution.
If the student cannot choice between above mentioned point, they must depart the country within seven calendar days. Temporarily, school officials can’t access to SEVIS.
Students who call the SEVP Response Center should be prepared to provide the following information:
- First and last name
- SEVIS ID number
- Telephone number where you can be reached
- Email address
- Dates of attendance at Herguan University
- Educational level and major of study at Herguan University
On June 5th, 2012 federal authorities held 8 officials from both American Health and Technology Institute (AHTI) and Vision Career Consultants USA Inc; this consultant was helping Indian as well foreign students get admission at the AHTI. AHTI is 15 years institute consist of nearly 200 foreign students. AHTI has the authority to operate in New-Jersey by the Department of Education, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce New Jersey and also have authority to enroll alien students.
In the case of AHTI, a New Jersey-based immigration company Vision Career Consultants USA Inc (VCC), has also been charged of doing visa fraud and its officials arrested.
The names of those arrested and charged – which was released by the US Attorney’s Office, New Jersey – most of them appear to be people of Indian origin. Those charged by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations are Dhirenkumar Patel, Vanrajsinh Chavda, Manamadurai Somalingham, Hemantkumar Patel, Michelle Alphonso, Maulik Gajjar, Tiffany Thomas, Yasmin Rivera, Hemlata Christian. All of them except for Hemantkumar Patel, have been arrested. Somalingam is president of AHTI.
All these people are charged with conspiracy to obtain and use phony visas and conceal illegal aliens. According to the complaint, Dhirenkumar Parikh, the president, owner of the registered agent of VCC, allegedly ran their criminal enterprise through VCC and AHTI, formerly known as ‘PC Tech Learning Center LLC’, this was certified by SEVP to enroll foreign students.
“The Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) opens educational opportunities to deserving foreign students and enriches the educational environment at our schools,” US Attorney Paul J Fishman said.
“Their actions highlight the need for constant vigilance in protecting all avenues of entry into this country. The defendants tried corrupt this worthy programme to enable illegal entry into the country and to reap personal profit,” he said in a statement.