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UNC-Charlotte charged with falsifying student visa information

Federal prosecutors on Thursday accused a former UNC Charlotte employee of falsifying student visa information to help about 66 foreign nationals stay in the United States illegally.

Prosecutors say Thomas C. Briggs, who was an administrative support specialist in the school’s Office of International Programs, entered false information in a database federal homeland security officials use to keep track of foreign students. They say he did so to harbor and conceal students who were staying in the U.S. illegally.

Court papers say Briggs committed the violations from around January 2007 to about June 2009. UNCC spokesman John Bland said the school discovered the problem and alerted federal authorities.

Briggs was terminated by the university in June 2009, Bland said.

Brigg’s lawyer, Will Terpening, issued a statement this morning saying Briggs has cooperated with investigators, and has submitted to an interview “during which he truthfully and fully discussed his conduct.”

Read the full story at the Charlotte Observer.

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