GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A former Jenison man accused of lying to the CIA about allegedlytaking $70,000 from Chinese intelligence agents was introduced tothat country nearly a decade ago, while a student at Grand ValleyState University.
Glenn Duffie Shriver, 28, who used the alias "Du Fei," is infederal custody in Detroit, facing charges of lying to the CIAwhile trying to get a U.S. national security job.
Thad Domick, Shriver's former roommate in a GVSU study abroadprogam known as "China Summer School" was shocked by theallegation, but could see how it could happen."It makes me wondermaybe he met some people, maybe they turned him somehow," he told24 Hour News 8.
An indictment alleges Shriver lied by failing to disclosethat he had traveled to China in 2007 -- six years after the GVSUtrip -- that he had met "numerous" times with Chinese intelligenceofficers and that they had paid him $70,000.
The indictment doesn't say what kind of national security jobhe was seeking, or why the Chinese allegedly paid him.
"I have trouble believing that any American would do that,"Domick told 24 Hour News 8.
His mom, Karen Chavez, of Jenison, told WDIV-TV in Detroitthat her son is "a good kid. He loves the United States. He thoughthe was applying for a job to help and use his skills for the UnitedStates."
Shriver and Domick were roommates for 6 to 8 weeks in thesummer of 2001 in Shanghai. They were among 25 to 30 GVSU studentson the trip, accompanied by professors, studying Chinese philosophyand geography, Domick said.
Facebook photos from that trip show Shriver posing withclassmates at the Stone Forest near Kunming, Yunnan.
"The country did seem to grow on him a little bit, but itgrew on a lot of us," Domick said.
But, his former roommate says he can't imagine an opportunityback then to meet with intelligence officers.
"We would meet with local students, but most of it, I can'trecall any time where any of us would have been alone," Domicksaid.
Another former classmate from that trip says Shriver returnedto China several years later to teach English. He had been mostrecently living in South Korea, where he was engaged to marry.
Former neighbors in Jenison told 24 Hour News 8 that theyhadn't seen Shriver for three or four years. A neighbor said helast heard he was living in California and that he was trying toget a law enforcement job in Los Angeles.
Shriver has no criminal record in Michigan, according to thestate police.
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