FBI uses GVSU student’s spy story as warning

WASHINGTON (WOOD) — The FBI has released a video about a former GVSU student serving time in a federal prison in order to warn college students studying abroad about the dangers of being an unknowing participant in an espionage situation.

Glenn Shriver, a former Grand Valley State University student, went to China through Grand Valley State University’s study abroad program in the summer of 2001.

After graduating from college in 2004, Shriver returned to China to look for work, according to the FBI.

The agency says in October 2004, Shriver was nearly broke and accepted a job to write political papers. Later on, Shriver started applying for jobs within the U.S. government after being asked to do so by the people who had hired Shriver to write the political papers.

The FBI said Shriver realized those asking him to look for government jobs were people affilaited with the Chinese government. But he continued to apply for the government jobs and was paid $70,000 to do so.

In June 2010, FBI agents arrested Shriver and accused him of lying to the CIA while trying to get a national security job in Virginia.

Federal authorities said he failed to disclose that he traveled to China, he met repeatedly with Chinese intelligence agents, and that they paid him $70,000.

Shriver pleaded guilty in federal court in Virginia in December 2010. He made a deal with prosecutors, who agreed to a four-year prison sentence for Shriver.

The FBI says Shriver admitted in court that the ultimate objective was for him to get a job with a U.S. government agency that would give him access to classified information. He would send that information to the Chinese officials he was speaking with and they would give him cash payments for the information.

The FBI has released a video warning US citizens who study abroad about the dangers of knowingly or unknowingly getting caught up in espionage for foreign governments. They released a video called ‘Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story’.

The FBI hopes people watch the video so students will be able to recognize when they’re being targeted and/or recruited.

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