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SEC Case Freezes Assets of Ski Resort (Jay Peak) Steeped in Fraudulent EB-5 Offerings
Posted on 14 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SEC, Apr. 14, 2016 - "The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a Vermont-based ski resort and related businesses allegedly misusing millions of dollars raised through investments solicited under... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , jay peak , SEC

SEC Announces EB-5 Enforcement Actions
Posted on 7 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SEC, Dec. 7, 2015 - "The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a series of enforcement actions against lawyers across the country charged with offering EB-5 investments while not registered to act as brokers." Read More

Tags: eb-5 , SEC , brokers

SEC Says Oil Co. Targeted EB-5 Investors In $68M Scheme - Law360
Posted on 7 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Law360, Los Angeles (July 6, 2015, 10:24 PM ET) -- "The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday accused a Bay Area oil and gas company and its CEO of running a $68 million "Ponzi-like" scheme that targeted the Chinese-American... Read More

Tags: ponzi , luca , eb-5 , SEC , yang

SEC Granted TRO in Wa. EB-5 Regional Center Lawsuit: SEC v. Path America
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is a link to a PDF combining the Complaint (pages 1-17) and the TRO (pages 18-27) issued Aug. 24, 2015 in SEC v. Path America, No. 2:15-cv-01350-JLR, W.D. Wa. Excerpts: "Since February 2012, defendants Lobsang Dargey; Path America, LLC; Path... Read More

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 4 Aug 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

USCIS Proposes Expansion of Provisional Waiver Program | On July 22, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a proposed rule that would expand eligibility for provisional unlawful presence waivers. Under the proposed rule, provisional... Read More

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 25 Jun 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Colorado Repeals Employment Verification Requirement | On June 8, 2016, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill (House Bill 16-1114) repealing a state requirement that employers maintain a separate affirmation form and retain copies of documents... Read More

News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Government Shutdown: Impact on I-129 H Visa Extensions and AOS | Via e-Mail on October 18, 2013, USCIS alerted stakeholders that if an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an... Read More

News Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 19 Dec 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

USCIS Ombudsman Recommends Improvements to SIJ Adjudication Process| On December 11, 2015, the Ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a 12-page report containing recommendations for improving the process for adjudicating applications... Read More

SEC Clears Way (with Strict Rules) to Attract EB-5 Immigrant Investors
Posted on 13 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On July 12, 2013 Bernard P. Wolfsdorf and Adam Francoeur wrote : " Following the April passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the elimination of the ban... Read More

USCIS EB-5 Engagement with the Securities and Exchange Commission: Executive Summary
Posted on 20 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On April 3, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted a stakeholder teleconference featuring staff from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. During the engagement, subject... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , SEC , USCIS

USCIS EB-5 Engagement with the SEC, Wednesday, April 3, 2013 @ 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Posted on 31 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) invite interested individuals to participate in a stakeholder teleconference to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. During the engagement... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , SEC , engagement , USCIS

SEC Halts Texas-Based Scheme Targeting Foreign Investors Seeking U.S. Residency Through EB-5 Visa Program
Posted on 5 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a husband and wife in Texas for stealing funds from foreign investors under the guise of an investment opportunity to create U.S. jobs and a path to U.S. residency. ... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , Fraud , SEC , Ramirez , Texas , usa now

SEC Sues Chicago EB-5 Regional Center, Anshoo Sethi: Massive Fraud Alleged
Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges and an asset freeze against an individual living in Illinois and two companies behind an investment scheme defrauding foreign investors seeking profitable returns and a legal path to... Read More

SEC Issues Cease and Desist Order To EB-5 Investment Companies: Matter of Ireeco
Posted on 18 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"]T]he U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Cease and Desist Order ( the “Order” ) against two related companies for acting as unregistered broker-dealers in connection with the sale of securities under the “EB... Read More

SEC Joins Probe of Chipotle Hiring Practices
Posted on 19 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of an expanding investigation into its alleged hiring of undocumented workers. The Denver-based company fired about 500 employees more than a year... Read More

Tags: chipotle , SEC , I-9 , DHS , DOJ , ICE