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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 2:18 PM
— The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is looking into Wright State University for issues related to H-1B visa fraud that may have occurred at the school.
The university’s board of trustees is set to approve a waiver of attorney-client privilege to allow the Air Force office to access an internal audit. The board, which has approved similar waivers several times, will vote on the measure Friday morning, according to board documents and an agenda.
The probe would make the Air Force Office of Special Investigations the fifth agency investigating Wright State for matters related to possible H-1B visa fraud. WSU has already provided the material to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Inspector General and the Ohio Auditor.
If WSU trustees approve the waiver, the AFOSI would be granted access to the same set of materials provided to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, according to a board document.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations investigates espionage, terrorism, crimes against property, violence against people, larceny, computer hacking, acquisition fraud, drug use and distribution, financial misdeeds, military desertion, corruption of the contracting process and any other activities that could undermine the U.S. Air Force or Department of Defense, according to the office’s website.
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“Since this is an open and ongoing fraud investigation at this time, no investigative details are releasable at this time,” Linda Card, chief public affairs officer for AFOSI said via email.
In 2015, a federal investigation came to light of WSU’s potential misuse of the federal H-1B work visa program, which led to four administrators being suspended; two remain on paid leave.
This newspaper revealed that Wright State sponsored 19 foreign workers who came to the U.S. to work at an area information technology staffing company that paid the workers less than what local graduates typically make for similar IT work.
Immigration experts say it’s possible the arrangement violated immigration laws designed to prevent staffing agencies from trafficking in cheap labor from overseas.
In April, WSU trustees asked the university’s attorney to make referrals for further investigations out of “an abundance of caution,” said Doug Fecher, chairman of WSU’s board of trustees. Fecher said that the probe by the AFOSI is just another result of those referrals.
Wright State’s board of trustees are set to meet at 4 p.m. today in executive session in the Wright Brothers Room of the student union. The board will meet in public session at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Nutter Center’s Berry Room.
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Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 5:15 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:15 a.m.:
Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed officers did not log any reports after being called to the scene of a reported shooting in Dayton.
The incident was initially reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday near the 110 block of Brown Street. Scanner reports indicated a medic was requested for a shooting victim at the location.
The county dispatch confirmed officers were called to that location and were then moved to the 320 block of E. 5th St., but did not confirm whether or not a victim was found.
Police crews and a medic are en route to a reported shooting in the 110 block of Brown Street in Dayton, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed.
The shooting was reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday.
Scanner reports indicated there has been at least one victim, injuries unknown.
We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available.
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Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:54 AM
Today: Showers and storms are expected to pop-up in the afternoon and into the evening hours. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70s.
Tonight: A few lingering showers will gradually die off throughout the night. Lows dipping into the mid to upper 60’s.
Sunday: Much of the area will be dry in the morning, but more showers and storms will develop during the afternoon hours. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.
Monday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds in the morning with a chance for mainly showers in the afternoon and early evening. Highs will top off near 80.
Tuesday: Partly sunny skies are in the forecast with a chance for a pop-up shower or storm, mainly in the afternoon. Temperatures will rebound back into the low to middle 80s.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:35 AM
MIDDLETOWN — Police and fire crews are on scene of a flipped over horse trailer on its side near Central Avenue and S. Main Street in Middletown.
Scanner reports indicated the incident occurred Saturday at approximately 4:10 a.m.
The flip caused one horse to be suspended from the trailer in an upside down state, according to scanner reports. The horse was able to be cut loose and is in distress, but otherwise OK.
Police have attempted to contact a local veterinarian for assistance.
It is unknown how many horses were inside the trailer at the time of the incident.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:53 AM
— No winners in Friday’s Mega Millions means the jackpot keeps rising -- Tuesday’s drawing has topped $493 million.
It’s possible that the prize could surge over the half-billion mark based on ticket sales, lottery officials state.
Tuesday’s jackpot of $493 million will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history.
If there is a winner and they choose the cash payout, they will take home $296 million.
Friday’s winning numbers were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1.
While no one took home the big prize, there were two $1 million ticket winners, in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
There were over 1.8 million winning tickets in Friday’s drawing at all levels, with 47 ticket winners of $10,000.