Tri Valley University
January 20, 2011 by USA Post
Tri Valley University, Federal agents were looking for Tri-Valley University and a home in Ruby Hill, both in Pleasanton on Wednesday as part of a federal investigation of customs and immigration crime, officials said.
In 15 hours, at least three federal agents were present at school, taking video footage and photos of 405 Boulder Ct, A building industrial and office commercial off Bernal Avenue. The school doors were locked.
Site of the private school describes itself as a “Christian Higher Education Institute to offer a high quality and rigorous academic programs in the context of Christian faith and worldview.”
A sign posted in front of the school says that there is an ongoing investigation by federal agents against five properties. Address of the school are included, and a house in Livermore, one of Victoria Ridge Court and 1371 Germano Way, the house where officers raided earlier today.
The sign lists Susan Xiao-Ping Su as the owner of the property. Su is the founder and president of Tri-Valley University.
A man at the school who identified himself as a teacher, but declined to give his name the two federal agents came to his house this morning, asking questions about Tri-Valley University. He said he was informed of the school was closed.
He said the school has about 25 to 30 faculty and he teaches three online courses on the topic of semi-conductors. The teacher said he was “very surprised” by the probe.
Jeffery Snowden, special agent monitoring for the San Francisco office of Homeland Security, confirmed that government authorities have begun an investigation at Germano Way Home 6400 square feet in the gated community Ruby Hill about 6 pm today. He did not disclose further details, referring questions to the Department’s public affairs office.
The research is related to a federal criminal probe, according to a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“They are executing a search warrant related to an ongoing criminal investigation,” said Lori Haley of ICE offices in Laguna Niguel. Haley did not provide any additional comments or information.
Dozens of officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raided the offices of Tri-Valley University, and a home in Pleasanton president of the university Wednesday afternoon.
The agents, who were carrying out immigration and customs of Homeland Security, said the raids were linked to an ongoing criminal investigation into the school and its administration.
An agent of Homeland Security Department’s office of San Francisco said the raid began at 6 am on Wednesday and included three other properties related to school.
The school president and founder, Susan Su, had just moved into the 6400-sq. ft. home in Ruby Hill, a gated community in Pleasanton about a month before half-dozen agents raided this morning.
According to the website of the school, Tri-Valley University is a Christian school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many fields including engineering, law and medicine. The school motto is “let the light, but the comments about the school on the Internet are mostly negative, some have called a” diploma mill “.
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