Chinese Investor Bilked out of $1.5 Million in EB-5 Investment Fraud Scam
A Chinese investor appeared in federal court in California last week, claiming she was defrauded of $1.5 million as a part of an investment program designed to provide temporary (and eventually permanent) legal residence in the United States through the government’s EB-5 investor visa program.
Shuting Kang accused California-based Shengrun International Industry Group Inc. and Sino-USA Entrepreneur Association Inc. as well as Sophie Harrison, of cheating her and her son with promises to get temporary green cards in exchange for various loans and an investment in a proposed Oakland residential real estate development under the name “229 Project”.
After investing the money, Kang found out that the 229 Project was “bogus,” and that Harrison spent Kang’s money for her own personal benefit.
EB-5 Investment Fraud Scam Discovered After Personal Visit
Harrison met personally with Kang, who told her that she and her son could obtain green cards within two years in exchange for a $500,000 investment and $8,000 immigration services fee. Harrison urged Kang to wire money in various amounts, while being urged to not question the process.
After an extended period of silence from Harrison, Kang had a friend visit the site in September 2015, only to discover that the 229 Project was an empty piece of land. Harrison then told Kang that the project ran into problems and the money was gone. Harrison did not complete the immigration paperwork or refund Kang’s money.
Scammer Had Many Aliases
Harrison also had several aliases, including Sophia Wang, Xianqin Wang Harrison, Xianqin Wang, and Xueqing Wang.
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