Fox News investigation: DoD-funded propagandize during core of sovereign probes over suspected Chinese troops ties

February 27, 2017 - photo frame

EXCLUSIVE: Based usually 4 miles from a Pentagon in northern Virginia is an innocuous-sounding online propagandize for “management and technology” – that a Fox News investigation reveals has been during a core of mixed sovereign probes about a leadership’s purported ties to a Chinese troops and either thousands of annals from U.S. use members were compromised.

The University of Management and Technology in Rosslyn, Va., that non-stop in 1998, touts a campus in Beijing and “partnerships” with universities around a world. The U.S. taxpayer-funded propagandize claims to have had 5,000 graduates in a final 5 years and to be “especially unapproachable of a students stationed in US troops bases around a globe.”

However, there is another side to a school’s care that drew a courtesy of a FBI, a Justice Department, a Pentagon, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) given during slightest 2012 — and maybe as early as 2009. 

Chief comprehension match Catherine Herridge has an disdainful inquisitive report


In Dec 2012, a FBI done dual really open raids of UMT and a northern Virginia home of university boss Yanping Chen Frame and a educational dean, her father J. Davidson Frame. Documents reviewed by Fox News uncover it was a counter-intelligence case, famous as a “200d,” one of a many rarely supportive categories for a sovereign probe. 

Photos, exclusively performed by Fox News, seem to uncover Chen as a immature officer in a People’s Liberation Army, a troops wing of China’s comrade party. Another print shows Frame saluting his wife, Chen, who is holding a uniform. Three eccentric experts pronounced it was a Chinese troops colonel’s uniform. 

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This undated print appears to uncover Yanping Chen Frame before she came to a U.S. connoisseur school.

Yet given those FBI raids, UMT has continued to collect some-more than $6 million from Defense Department fee assistance programs as good as a Department of Veterans Affairs by a post-9/11 GI bill.

“It’s a bad understanding for a soldiers, and it’s a bad understanding for a taxpayer,” Stephen Rhoads, a troops maestro incited whistleblower who says he worked with a FBI on a case, told Fox News in an disdainful interview. “Nobody’s removing what they paid for.”

Rhoads pronounced he worked during UMT recruiting vets when a FBI approached him in 2012 per a sovereign investigation. Emails and other papers reviewed by Fox News uphold pivotal elements of Rhoads’ story.

“One of a initial sentences she [Chen] ever threw out — after she found out we was an Army officer, was, ‘Well … we was a colonel in a army,’” Rhoads explained. “During a initial face-to-face encounter, positively … she did not repudiate it.”

Rhoads pronounced he suspicion Chen meant a U.S. Army, and asked either she lerned in Texas. “She laughed and said, ‘Oh, no, we was in a Chinese army, we know.’”

Chen, 64, came to a United States in 1987 from Beijing on a non-immigrant visa with her daughter Lele Wang. The Chinese supervision saved Chen’s investigate during George Washington University where she perceived a Ph.D. in Public Policy in 1999, a year after UMT was created.  

While Rhoads says Chen was upfront about her Chinese troops experience, he claimed she hid those ties on immigration applications. Fox News reviewed Chen’s immigration annals where she consistently denied ties to a Chinese or any unfamiliar military. When asked, “Have we ever been a member of, or in any approach dependent with, a comrade celebration or any other total regime?” Chen checked “no.” She would after turn a naturalized U.S. citizen. 

While there are no U.S. laws preventing a naturalized citizen from using a propagandize like UMT, a Fox News review found that Chen’s ties to a Chinese troops seem to run deep.

Three outward experts consulted by Fox News reliable a flawlessness of a Chinese uniforms in a photos of Chen and Frame.  

“If somebody was wearing that uniform, we would contend that there’s a really good odds that they were in a People’s Liberation Army,” Dennis Blasko, a heading Chinese troops consultant said, referring to a print of what appears to be Chen in uniform.

Asked about a print of Frame saluting his wife, Blasko observed, “This is a P.L.A. officer’s uniform — active avocation — from between 1987 and 2007 … And from a epaulettes, we can see this — 3 stars and dual red stripes would be a full colonel.” 

Blasko emphasized that P.L.A. escutcheon can usually be purchased with a accede of a Chinese military, and “you would have to have a certificate from your section to buy [it.]”

Blasko, a West Point connoisseur who worked as a troops attache in China, wrote “The Chinese Army Today: Tradition and Transformation for a 21st Century,” one of a decisive books about a Chinese military.

In her George Washington University dissertation, Chen interjection her father, a P.L.A. general, who destined arms and record development. “My father, General Chen Bin, gave me a impulse to pursue this area of study,” Chen wrote. “As former Chairman of COSTIND (1982-87), he was an critical actor in ancillary and directing a (Chinese) space program.”

In her 2012 FBI interview, Chen denied she ever was a colonel in a P.L.A., emphasizing she had worked as a alloy in a Chinese space program. Chen pronounced it was a “civilian agency.” The talk outline suggests sovereign agents challenged Chen’s characterization. Outside experts told Fox News a Chinese municipal and troops space programs are intertwined.   

While Chen’s immigration focus is some-more than a decade old, and past a five-year government of limitations, there might be a “continuation” of fraud, according to Ray Fournier who worked with a State Department’s business of tactful confidence for some-more than 20 years. Fournier, an consultant on visa and pass fraud, worked for a Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego, where his inquisitive work led to an detain aver for a American-born minister Anwar Awlaki, who was after killed by a CIA.

Fournier said, “If she has noted ‘no’ on a petition, though if in fact, a answer is approbation … afterwards we have a fake statement. And where that comes into play, many assuredly, is in a locus of pass fraud. It is this application.” With any renovation of Chen’s U.S. passport, Fournier said, investigators should establish either a fabrication was repeated. “These are issues of inadmissibility,” he said.

While going by a immigration process, Chen was also rising what would turn a multi-million-dollar online academy. But that academy’s work would eventually attract a courtesy of sovereign investigators, who questioned either students’ annals were remotely accessed from China.

Before a 2012 raid, Chen’s daughter Lele Wang who also works during UMT, told a FBI that “‘Contractors’ in a UMT Beijing Office have [administrator] privileges” to entrance a tyro database.

Rhoads pronounced UMT recruited use members who supposing their troops story when they enrolled. “It got uploaded into an O-drive, they called it … their personal troops bio, we know, where they were trained, how they were trained, how long, that could be remotely accessed.”

Rhoads pronounced Chen had a sold seductiveness in Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, that is a investigate and record hub. 

And there was more. “She wanted me to go out to these remote haven and National Guard centers, we know … in parochial America and start gettin’ U.S. soldiers from those centers. Get their information, basically. Who’s out there in a woods? How many units we got?”

Rhoads removed to Fox News that he was educated by a FBI to tell Chen that he was going to attest before a Virginia grand jury. “They wanted to, we theory see how … she would react.”

At a time, Rhoads pronounced Chen had no thought he was operative with a bureau.

He said, “Well, during this point, she didn’t know we was operative for them during all. And she’s like, ‘Oh, we don’t tell them anything. We don’t know any other. You don’t … know what we don’t know,’ was her hum phrase. ‘You don’t — we don’t know we was a colonel in a P.L.A. They’ll never have explanation to contend that’.”

Emails performed by Fox News uncover Rhoads and during slightest one FBI deputy alerted a Defense Department, though another Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was sealed in 2014 by 2019 permitting UMT to collect millions in sovereign taxpayer aid.

An FBI deputy in one email sell wrote, “I let my government and a AUSAs [assistant U.S. attorneys] know about her renovation with DoD. Incredible.”

Asked about a renewal, as good as either DoD crew were warned and additional stairs were taken to oldster UMT, a DoD arch for Voluntary Education Assistance, Dawn Bilodeau, referred questions to Pentagon orator Laura Ochoa. In an email, Ochoa said, “In light of reports per University of Management and Technology (UMT), a Department is reviewing a DoD MOU sealed between a establishment and a DoD for compliance.”

No one has been charged with any crime in tie with a investigation. Sources told Fox News that Assistant U.S. Attorney for a Eastern District of Virginia James P. Gilllis got a case, though there was a feud with a FBI over how to proceed, formed on a box law and a border to that sources and methods would be revealed.

Neither a FBI nor a orator for Gillis would criticism to Fox News though separately, a orator for NCIS pronounced they can't criticism on an “ongoing investigation.” A FOIA ask filed by Fox News Senior Executive Producer Pamela Browne confirmed an NCIS inquisitive record for UMT. 

Fox News done steady requests by phone and around email for interviews with Yanping Chen and J. Davidson Frame. After Chen’s daughter pronounced they were too bustling to ready and roving out of town, Fox News went to their offices in Rosslyn, Va. 

A propagandize representative, who would not brand himself, reliable Chen and Frame were in a business that day, though after training Fox News was during a front desk, a integrate refused to come out. Fox News’ questions lonesome how UMT was run, Chen’s suspected troops ties, either use members’ annals are secure, and how millions in taxpayer dollars are spent. 

Fox News also sent a array of questions to a Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., though there was no evident response. 

According to UMT, scarcely 20,000 students have complicated there, while 10,710 have warranted degrees.

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence match for FOX News Channel (FNC) formed in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, a Justice Department and a Department of Homeland Security. Herridge assimilated FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.

Pamela K. Browne is Senior Executive Producer during a FOX News Channel (FNC) and is Director of Long-Form Series and Specials. Her broadcasting has been famous with several awards. Browne initial assimilated FOX in 1997 to launch a news repository “Fox Files” and later, “War Stories.”

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