Bollen's lawyers aim to block evidence of extravagant purchases
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Attorneys for the former head of South Dakota's investment-for-visa program say prosecutors shouldn't be allowed to offer evidence about how Joop Bollen spent more than $1.2 million he's accused of illegally diverting from the program.
Bollen faces felony charges for allegedly misappropriating money from the EB-5 visa program for personal purchases including fine art and Egyptian artifacts. Attorneys for Bollen on Wednesday asked a Brown County judge not to allow evidence about how he used investor dollars, saying it would unfairly discredit him.
"If Mr. Bollen had donated all the money to charity, the State would be up in arms if Mr. Bollen wanted to introduce such evidence. It does not matter whether Mr. Bollen used the money to make a charitable contribution or to fund a luxury vacation," attorneys Reed Rasmussen and Julie Dvorak wrote in a court document. "The only issue in regard to motive is whether he intended to defraud the State, i.e., intended to impair the state's security interest."