- - Tuesday, February 1, 2011


‘Sham university’ probed for fraud

SAN FRANCISCO | The government of India is urging the United States to show leniency toward Indian students who were enrolled at a “sham university” in California that U.S. authorities say was a front for illegal immigration.

The U.S. attorney’s office alleges the owner of Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton used the unaccredited school to charge foreigners millions in tuition fees and help them obtain student visas to stay in the U.S.

Officials at Tri-Valley did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

There were 1,555 students enrolled at Tri-Valley last fall and about 95 percent were from India, according to a complaint filed Jan. 19 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

Many of those students, who took Tri-Valley courses online, could be deported if they are found to be in violation of their immigration status.


Family seeks data on body in trash

WILMINGTON | The family of a slain former Pentagon official whose body was found in a Delaware landfill still doesn’t know what happened to him, and their attempts to get more information from law enforcement officials have been rebuffed, their attorney said Monday.

Colm Connolly, an attorney for John Wheeler III’s family, said he has asked for forensic reports, search warrants and a copy of a video surveillance tape showing Mr. Wheeler in downtown Wilmington the night before his body was found. Mr. Connolly also noted that Mr. Wheeler’s family learned only through the media last week that a medical examiner officially determined that Mr. Wheeler died of blunt trauma injuries after being assaulted.

The family was told early in the investigation that Mr. Wheeler had died of a heart attack caused by an assault.

Mr. Wheeler’s body was found in trash being dumped at the Wilmington landfill on the morning of Dec. 31. Mr. Wheeler, 66, was seen on video surveillance cameras wandering around downtown Wilmington two days before his body was found. The garbage truck that dumped his body had collected all of its trash from commercial disposal bins in Newark, several miles from both his home in New Castle and from downtown Wilmington.

Police, who do not have any suspects, still don’t know how Mr. Wheeler wound up in Newark.


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