A university in the United States is investigating TVB actress Sisley Choi (蔡思貝) for presenting a document in support of her enrollment that was allegedly forged, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
Gretchen Jameson, vice president of Concordia University Wisconsin, told the newspaper the accusation is very serious and the university is highly concerned.
Choi, the first runner-up in the 2013 Miss Hong Kong pageant, reportedly graduated two months after starting a bachelor’s degree course at Bulacan State University in the Philippines in 2013 via Lifelong College.
Hong Kong-based Lifelong is being investigated by the Education Bureau (EDB) for, among other things, allegedly backdating the start of some of its students’ degree programs.
Choi reportedly enrolled in Concordia University Wisconsin, also via Lifelong College, in April last year to study for a master’s degree in business administration after Lifelong allegedly backdated her enrollment in BSU to 2011.
An investigation by Apple Daily suggests that a recommendation letter Choi used in her application to the US university was in fact written by her mother.
The letter was from a company called Cheerful Media & Co., which said Choi was an employee.
Tong Suet-ha, who claimed to be the owner of the company, wrote in detail in the letter about how she had witnessed Choi’s hard work during her studies for her BSU degree.
However, the newspaper could not find a company registered under that name in Hong Kong.
Instead, it found that Choi and Tong share the same address, leading it to suspect that Tong is Choi’s mother.
Democratic Party legislator James To Kun-sun, a solicitor, told the newspaper it is likely that Tong has violated the law by making false statements.
Whether the actions of Tong and Choi constitute a conspiracy to defraud will depend on whether Concordia University Wisconsin thinks they have affected the real interest of other people.
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