The EB-5 program suffered from one scandal last week in California (Chinese Americans cheating Chinese aliens) and maybe another as the FBI raided a major EB-5-supported property in Arizona.
There's more information on the California case than the Arizona one, but the latter has the more interesting cast of characters.
Robert Yang, MD, of Redlands, Calif., and Claudia Kano of nearby Pomona, Yang's business manager, were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with fraudulent securities offerings involving 40 Chinese EB-5 investors and $20 million. The EB-5 (immigrant investor) program provides a set of green cards to alien families investing half a million in a DHS-approved, but not guaranteed, investment.
Yang and Kano, according to the SEC's indictment filed in the federal courts, said that they were using EB-5 funds to open three nursing homes in Southern California, but were really engaged "in a scheme to misappropriate, divert and misuse at least $10 million in investor funds. . . . as of today, none of these projects is operational and they may never be completed."
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