High Impact


International citizens desiring a college degree from an American educational institution must be sponsored by an organization approved by the Department of State in order to obtain a student visa. An article posted on SanFrancisco.CBSLocal.com tells about the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a State Department-approved university in California who falsified paperwork for the institution’s international students so they could obtain their student visas.

As a result of the former CEO’s illegal actions, the Department of Homeland Security has warned the school that the institution may be kicked out of the student and exchange visitor program. Also impacted are the students who are currently studying at the university on a student visa. (If they are unable to find another school to maintain full-time enrollment, they will have to return to their home country.)

The former CEO pleaded guilty to one count of submitting a fraudulent document. The story states that he agreed to a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $700,000.

The ramifications of the CEO’s illegal actions will undoubtedly have a high impact on the future of the university, as well as the future of the foreign students who are currently enrolled at the school. This fraudster’s crime was not so smart because his actions have put the lives of others in jeopardy; preventing foreign nationals who truly desire to better themselves from obtaining a higher education.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Former CEO of Sunnyvale’s Herguan University Pleads Guilty in Visa Fraud Case,” written by Devin Fehely and posted by SanFrancisco.CBSLocal.com on April 10, 2015.

SUNNYVALE (KPIX 5) — The man who once led Herguan University in the South Bay has pleaded guilty in a visa fraud case that could impact the school’s students, many of whom have come from abroad.

Former CEO Jerry Wang refused to answer KPIX 5’s questions at his Santa Clara home about the case.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.