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    At least one Indian student has been arrested in a countrywide operation in which hundreds of Indians may be victims or participants in an elaborate fraud scheme involving a California university.

    Federal officials have been looking for other students and have interrogated those that could be located.

    Rajshekhara Dasari, 28, a student at the Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, California, was held at the Butler County Jail in Ohio on behalf of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

    This was around the time federal agents raided and shut down the university itself December 19.

    The US attorney's office filed a complaint the same day alleging that Tri-Valley University is part of an effort to defraud, misuse visa permits, launder money and for other crimes.

    The complaint calls Tri-Valley a 'sham university' that Susan Xiao-Ping Su, the university's chief executive officer, and her associates have used to help foreign nationals illegally acquire immigration status.

    According to the report, during the investigations, ICE found that 95 percent of the students in active status were Indian. It found the university had claimed that more than half of them lived at 555 East El Camino Real, Apartment 55, in Sunnyvale, California.

    The apartment manager reportedly told ICE agents that four students lived there from June 2007 to August 2009 and none thereafter.
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