Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm
I googled the words "global tv university pleasanton" and to my surprise I did find some web page records listing a "Global TV University" that was founded in Pleasanton in January of 2012 by Susan Su. However, the address is not in the same business park as the former Tri-Valley University.
According to public records, Susan Su was arrested on indictments by a Federal Grand jury on 33 counts on May of 2011 on charges including visa fraud. She got into a lot of trouble with Homeland Security and ICE over the operation of Tri-Valley University. I very much doubt that she was back in business with a new university within about 6 months of her arrest. More likely she's still tangled up with legal battles and that this new "Global TV University" was the result of some paperwork that she filed before all of her troubles began.
Posted by sordid truth, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm
The city and city processes are so messed up that it is almost as if the city of Pleasanton has sent a broadcast message out to the world with a welcome mat that says "WELCOME CRIMINALS!"
Actually Sam, what happened is that several weeks after the superseding Tri-Valley University indictment in November 2011 and Ms. Su was out in bail, Ms. Su filed Global TV University incorporation formation papers with the State with the address for the Ruby Hill mansion 1371 Germano Way that the Feds have filed paperwork to seize because of money laundering.
Su then apparently waltzed into the hallowed halls of Pleasanton city hall around the January/February 2012 timeframe, and with city hall management (zombies?) failing to check that Global TV University is NOT approved by the State agency which approves colleges/universities to even exist, scored a new business license for Global TV University and not only that, an over-the-counter approval to operate in the SAME building that the Feds raided January 19, 2011.
A website called GlobalTVU.us was put up with so-called college classes starting January 7, 2013.
For about 10 months, apparently no one from the city or city's police department notified the State or Feds that this had happened.
Luckily, some children (not zombies) going to Pump It Up noticed this and residents from Pleasanton (not city employees or the police) notified the State, the Federal prosecutors, the DHS, etc.
City has still not commented on newest botch of issuing a business license and approval to a person with a 35 count criminal indictment for the very same building the Feds are in the process of seizing.
Also city continues to issue permits for businesses like universities to operate over the counter that haven't received licenses from the State.
Posted by sordid truth, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Criminals in the visa scam business seek out communities where the local government is inept or lazy or willing to turn a blind eye and look the other way or issue permits without performing a check for the validity of the business.
Ever since the Sacramento/East Bay/Los Angeles international bribes-for-visas bust in 2004 that was covered by the SF Chronicle, and the Washington Post uncovered a series of Wilshire Blvd based visa-for-sale scams in Los Angeles that were busted by the Feds in 2008, Pleasanton has become the go-to town for illegal visa operations.
Posted by sordid truth, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm
It would seem that is what is true in this town. The city gets a $40 fee, but taxpayers have to pay several hundred million dollars in taxes to fund the never ending sting operations and court costs to shut it down, with several Federal law enforcement agencies doing the work that the Pleasanton Police Department and other city departments should have done in the first place.
They even allowed her to renew it, according to the Pleasanton city website...
1000725 GLOBAL TV UNIVERSITY 405 BOULDER CT # 700 (925)301-0412 Active 12/31/2013
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm
"sordid truth" wrote: "Luckily, some children (not zombies) going to Pump It Up noticed this and residents from Pleasanton (not city employees or the police) notified the State, the Federal prosecutors, the DHS, etc....City has still not commented on newest botch of issuing a business license and approval to a person with a 35 count criminal indictment for the very same building the Feds are in the process of seizing."
Nice bit of investigative reporting, "sordid truth". Why don't you contact one of the big local newspapers (e.g., SF Chronicle, SJ Mercury News, etc), so that they can put one of their investigative reporters on this to dig deeper into this? I would think that they would be very eager to follow up on this.
Posted by sordid truth, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Good idea Sam.
You wonder where the Pleasanton Weekly is on this and why they haven't taken the ball and run with it.
After all, back in in June 21, 2010 here from this Pleasanton Weekly police log posted here Web Link, the report of . . .
- 5:57 p.m. in the 4600 block of Bernal Avenue; false impersonation, disturbing the peace
. . . basically led, if the Weekly publishers had bothered to follow up on it, to the internet postings of operators on PUSD offering and selling student visas for cash on various immigration on-line forums. The 4600 block of Bernal Avenue is, of course, the PUSD district office.
Note that in this article not mentioned is that Fred Brandenfels and Carmen Slack are part of the city of Vallejo business scene. They were involved in the "Vallejo Performing Arts Center, Inc" company and Brandenfels held an interest in 707 Marin, which in downtown Vallejo is the former Masonic Lodge, which used to be Vallejo's city hall.