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* Jerry Wang, the CEO of a Sunnyvale College, has been Charged with Visa Fraud in Connection with the Student Exchange Program

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The CEO of a Sunnyvale college has been charged with visa fraud in connection with the university’s student exchange program, federal prosecutors said today. Jerry Wang, CEO of Herguan University and University of East-West Medicine, was indicted July 24 on 15 counts including alleged visa fraud, submission of false documents and identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment was unsealed today and Wang, 34, was arrested at his Santa Clara home prior to his first scheduled court appearance in San Jose. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 23 years in prison and fines totaling 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.

The program grants foreign students to obtain visas allowing them to stay in the United States to study. As a result of the investigation, Herguan faces the loss of its authorization to enroll foreign students. Foreign students currently enrolled there can continue to attend classes as long as the school remains certified, federal officials said. Wang will appear again in federal court in San Jose on Aug. 20 for identification of counsel and arraignment. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has posted further information for foreign students attending Herguan at www.ice.gov/sevis.

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