EXCLUSIVE : b> Four congressional committees are challenging rebuttals from the FBI and departments of Justice and Defense about a taxpayer-funded institution that markets to the military, after a Fox News investigation uncovered alleged ties between the university’s lead and the Chinese military.
The ongoing Fox News investigation has focused on the Virginia-based University of Management and Technology, its president Yanping Chen Frame and the school’s academic director, J. Davidson Frame, Chen’s husband. UMT was raided by the FBI in 2012 as part of a counterintelligence investigation, but several generators told Fox News the case ran into roadblocks once it reached the U.S. attorney’s office.
“There’s is not simply a lot of smoking coming out of this one, there’s some shoots out there that need to be extinguished and some people that is actually have to answer the questions, ” House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, mentioned.
In a letter addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 12, Chaffetz mentioned military service members and their personnel records remain at risk. He interrogated why the Defense Department continues to fund the school with taxpayer dollars through the GI Bill and the tuition assistance program.
“There was no obligation to give this fund. They didn’t have to give this fund. Somebody made a proactive decision to authorize this, has progressed, and then why not cut it off? ” Chaffetz said.
Since the 2012 FBI raid, UMT received more than$ 6 million. Some $250,000 has been received by the school since Fox News aired its first report in February.
“It’s a bad deal for the soldiers it’s a bad deal for the taxpayer, ” said former UMT employee Stephen Rhoads, a U.S.-veteran-turned-whistleblower who says he worked as an FBI informant on the case. “It utterly outrages me and needs to stop.”