Ex-University CEO Sentenced to Prison for Student Visa Fraud

Herguan University’s former CEO, Jerry Wang, was sentenced to one year in prison and order to forfeit $700,000 for his part in a student visa scheme.

Mr. Wang admitted to submitting false document to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) program. He also admitted to participating in a schedule to commit visa fraud involving 100s of Forms I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Students, as well as allowing unauthorized access to the DHS computer database.
The fraud was uncovered by the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force — an agency created by DHS, and the U.S. Departments of Justice, Labor and State to combat document and immigration benefits fraud — in an investigation spearheaded by ICE, the agency said.

With this case, ICE reaffirmed its intent to “aggressively target those who commit student visa fraud out of greed and self-interest. Their actions undermine the integrity of this country’s immigration laws and it will not be tolerated.”

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