Thursday, June 29, 2017

FBI 'Reopening' Probe Of DoD-Funded School With Suspected Chinese Military Ties, Rep Says

Fox News is reporting that the FBI is reopening its investigation of the University of Management and Technology (UMT).

The FBI is “reopening” its probe of a taxpayer-funded online school for military service members after a six-month Fox News investigation exposed its alleged Chinese military ties, according to a senior Republican lawmaker.

"They've told us they're looking more seriously at it, that they're quote, unquote, reopening that investigation, and I hope to get some answers," retiring Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Fox News.

Reached by phone, an attorney claiming to represent the university told Fox News he’s unaware of any current criminal justice probe implicating his client. Separately, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) confirmed in a statement to Fox News that the investigation into the University of Management and Technology (UMT) "is still an active multi-agency investigation so there's nothing we can say at this point."

In 2012, the FBI raided the Rosslyn, Va.-based UMT and the home of its president, Yanping Chen Frame, a Chinese-born naturalized U.S. citizen, and her husband J. Davidson Frame, the school's academic dean.

Documents reviewed by Fox News, as well as  recently unsealed court records, show the FBI focused on whether UMT's military personnel records could be remotely accessed from China, potentially compromising  military histories of U.S. service members, as well as Chen's alleged false statements on immigration documents that eventually allowed her to gain U.S. citizenship.

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