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College entrance exams are required for admittance by most universities in the United States. Some of the most common tests include the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for undergraduate admittance and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for business or graduate school entry. An article published by The Imperial Valley News tells about the activities of 15 Chinese nationals who allegedly used fake passports to enable them to take standardized tests for the purpose of gaining entrance into American educational institutions.

The article states that over a four-year period of time, the Chinese nationals allegedly used fake Chinese passports to defraud the Educational Testing Services (ETS) and College Board. (Supposedly, the illegal passports were used to defraud test administrators by making them believe they were other people. In addition, the authorities assert that the defendants were allowed to take exams including the SAT, GRE and also the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).)

The authorities say the test takers used the test scores to gain entry into American colleges and universities. (This is a bad thing because if these charges are true, they circumvented the F1 Student VISA requirements. Foreigners must have a legitimate student VISA, and passport for that matter, to study in the United States.)

After a joint investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), the 15 defendants were indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy, counterfeiting foreign passports, mail fraud and wire fraud.

As always, these defendants are presumed innocent unless they are proven guilty in a court of law. If convicted, they will face a maximum of 35 years in prison and a possible fine of $250,000 for each count of wire and mail fraud, counterfeiting foreign passports and conspiracy. (Those are some pretty serious consequences.)

The government gets a bit testy when fraud is discovered. (Let’s just say that cheating to gain entry into both the nation’s educational and immigration systems is not the best way to get on the right side of the U.S. Government.) You can be certain that the government will do whatever it takes to protect national security and the integrity of the passport and VISA process to prevent fraudulent access.

Source: The government gets a bit testy when fraud is discovered. (Let’s just say that cheating to gain entry into both the nation’s educational and immigration systems is not the best way to get on the right side of the U.S. Government.) You can be certain that the government will do whatever it takes to protect national security and the integrity of the passport and VISA process to prevent fraudulent access.

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “15 Chinese Nationals Charged in Passport, Test Taking Fraud Schemes,” published by The Imperial Valley News on May 30, 2015.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Fifteen Chinese nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy, counterfeiting foreign passports, mail fraud and wire fraud. The charges stem from a joint U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) investigation.

The 35-count indictment, returned on May 21, and unsealed Thursday, names the following 12 individuals as defendants: Han Tong, Xi Fu, Xiaojin Guo, Yudong Zhang, Yue Zou, Biyuan Li (aka “Jack Li”), Jia Song, Ning Wei, Gong Zhang, Songling Peng, Siyuan Zhao and Yunlin Sun. The identities of the three additional defendants remain under seal.

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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.