Ex-UNCC Staffer Accused Of Doctoring Illegal Students' Paperwork

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A former employee at the University of North Carolina Charlotte has been accused of falsifying paperwork to help 66 foreign students stay in the U.S. illegally.

The Charlotte Observer reports that federal prosecutors say Thomas Briggs entered false information in a database homeland security officials use to keep track of students between 2007 and 2009.

Prosecutors say Briggs entered false information to make it look like the students were properly enrolled at the school and maintaining a full course of study. After university officials discovered the subterfuge, they fired Briggs and notified federal authorities.

Attorney Will Terpening says his client regrets his actions. Terpening says Briggs falsified the information out of concern for the well-being of individual students.

Briggs is cooperating with the investigation.


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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jul 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    He does'nt deserve a position in the educational system again for what he did. I'm so tired of seeing these illegal immigrants helped out. I wonder if they could even speak English.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    did a lil checking... the guy was in fact an Obama supporter...& a democrat
  • by WhiteCollar v/s BlueCollar on Jul 16, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    Now where are all the comments for this story?! Oh I guess they are still blogging on the Sonic's robbery story about the few hundreds of dollars stolen.No doubt this criminal pencil whipped the country out of hundreds of thousands of dollar to keep foreign students illegally. Oh I guess the difference is this is 'white collar' crime. Ok blog away now ppl!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    Trying to Foster Obama voters.
  • by Sadly True on Jul 16, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    That "staffer" should be booted out of the country, or better yet, treated as a traitor and hanged. So tired of people helping illegals stay in the country. Instead of running to ours maybe they should work toward makeing their own a better place to live.
  • by anon Location: pitt county on Jul 16, 2011 at 02:56 AM
    Typical Liberal...
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      by moonpie on Jul 16, 2011 at 04:13 AM in reply to anon
      You mean "typical" for falsifying documents or for being concerned about the students?
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        by Sadly True on Jul 16, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to moonpie
        Were they even students? The story says that it was falsified Homeland Security records so they illegals looked like they were properly enrolled and pulling a full course load. So what were they really doing? I wonder were the students are from. I bet they are not hispanic. Can you guess where they are probably really from? I have a good guess.
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      by clint on Jul 16, 2011 at 04:13 AM in reply to anon
      Obama voter for sure. "One and Done" Count on it!!!
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        by uh on Jul 16, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to clint
        Lol... there's nothing that associates this person with a political party. You think all democrats are for illegal students and all republicans are against? Come on. I'm going to go look for a car accident story where you blame bad driving on the democrat and good driving on the republican next.
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          by WhiteCollar v/s BlueCollar on Jul 16, 2011 at 01:09 PM in reply to uh
          They will find a way to blame Obama for that also!
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