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11/29/2017

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      美国前国务卿希拉里的胞弟托尼,与前维珍尼亚州州长麦考利夫,日前被32名中国人在美国告上法庭,指他们代表一项环保车投资计划宣传,声称可助原告取得绿卡,但众人花费约1800万(约1.4亿港元)后却面临被美国当局遣返。

  该批中国投资者在维州入禀,称受托尼与麦考利夫的宣传影响,每人投资56万美元(约437万港元)到一项环保车计划,以换取绿卡。但国土安全部指计划未能产生足够职位,未达获取美国投资移民(EB-5)签证的条件。

  诉讼内容指托尼和麦考利夫曾多次前往中国,而托尼则主要负责吸引中国投资者参与计划,以其身份说服他们计划会因政治关系而成功。

  代表律师指,原告人现时面临举家被遣返的困局,于财政和心理上都对他们造成影响。麦考利夫本身是民主党在2020年竞选总统的热门人选,他透过代表否认指控,并表示有信心胜诉。托尼未有回应。








The suit is yet another headache for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe as he mulls a potential presidential bid in 2020. | Cliff Owen/AP


Chinese investors sue McAuliffe, Rodham over green-car investments

The suit is the latest headache for the Virginia governor as he mulls a presidential bid.

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11/28/2017


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's brother Anthony Rodham are facing a $17 million fraud lawsuit from Chinese investors in Greentech Automotive, an electric car company that appears to be struggling to survive.

A group of 32 Chinese citizens filed the suit last week in Fairfax County, Virginia court, claiming that they were swindled out of about $560,000 apiece as a result of misrepresentations made by McAuliffe and Rodham—two of the most prominent and politically connected proponents of the venture aimed at manufacturing electric cars in the U.S.

The suit is yet another headache for McAuliffe as he mulls a potential presidential bid in 2020, buoyed in part by Democrats' strong showing in the state in the election earlier this month. McAuliffe confirmed last year that his business dealings with foreign nationals were under investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors. It's unclear whether that probe involved Greentech or whether the inquiry is still ongoing.

The Chinese investors plowed their money into Greentech with the promise of winning permanent residency in the U.S. under a program that awards green cards to foreign-funded ventures that generate U.S. jobs. However, the suit contends that the investors now face the threat of deportation from the U.S. because the Department of Homeland Security has determined that Greentech did not generate the number of jobs required to sustain the number of visas issued through the so-called EB-5 program.

"Plaintiffs now face the prospect of having to uproot their families once again, with the expense and stress of deportation to China looming before them," the suit says, accusing McAuliffe, Rodham, Greentech founder Charles Xiaolin Wang and others of running a "scam."

McAuliffe and Rodham did several tours through China to seek investments in the electric car startup, the suit says. As brother-in-law of President Bill Clinton and as brother of the then-secretary of state—Rodham appeared to serve as a means of attracting Chinese interest in the project. The suit contends that Rodham's involvement conveyed that the electric-car firm was politically-connected and likely to prosper.

"Defendants milked these connections in marketing materials," the suit says. "Defendants exploited those relationships to assure investors of both the success of the company and their ability to obtain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") approval of the visa applications."

A spokeswoman for McAuliffe, Crystal Carson, disputed the claims and noted that the governor gave up his role in the firm years ago.

"We strongly reject this baseless suit which has no merit whatsoever. The claims, which regurgitate old political attacks regarding a company that Governor McAuliffe left five years ago, were brought by a lawyer with conservative ties," Carson said. "We are confident it will be dismissed."

One of the attorneys who drafted the suit, Scott Abeles of Los Angeles-based Gerard Fox law, disputed any political motivation.

"I represented the Chamber of Commerce once or twice...I'm not a conservative dude," he said in an interview Tuesday.

As McAuliffe prepared to run for Virginia governor, Greentech was a bright spot on his resume, combining entrepreneurial spirit with environmentalism and an effort to bring jobs to an impoverished area of Mississippi. A 2012 ribbon-cutting for the Mississippi factory drew former President Bill Clinton and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour generated glowing press coverage.

However, the firm soon ran into trouble finding its footing. Production was repeatedly delayed. Hiring for the assembly line fell well short of the 350 jobs promised.

McAuliffe was once the largest individual investor in the company but stepped down as chairman in 2012 and sold his shares as he prepared to be sworn in as governor in 2014.

Once McAuliffe took office, bad publicity for the firm kept coming. It emerged that the Securities and Exchange Commission had an investigation into the company, although no charges were ever brought.

A Department of Homeland Security inspector general report issued in 2015 said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas created "an appearance of favoritism and special access” by responding to entreaties from McAuliffe and Rodham to speed up action on applications related to the project. The report did not accuse McAuliffe or Rodham of wrongdoing.

The Mississippi factory apparently closed in January. In July, the state's auditor said Greentech's employment in the state peaked at 143 and the firm now owes the state $6.4 million for failing to live up to promises it made to get a $5 million financing package from the government there.

Earlier this month Attorney General Jim Hood (D-Miss.) filed a lawsuit against the firm seeking about $3 million in damages, plus forfeiture of land used for the factory in Tunica.

Abeles said the Chinese involved in his suit approached his firm as a group, although the group grew somewhat before the case was filed.

"We had done one or two of these EB-5 cases out there in California," he said. "This group came to us."

A key challenge for the investors' suit will be proving that McAuliffe, Rodham or Wang should be individually liable for any losses. Typically, use of a corporation to solicit investments makes it difficult to recover against the people involved, but Abeles said the companies are little more than paper structures.

"As we see it, these people invested in Terry McAuliffe. They invested in Anthony Rodham. They invested in Charlie Wang," Abeles said. "More than the typical case, the individuals drove the bus here."

Greentech did not respond to messages seeking comment for this story. Wang and Rodham could not be reached for comment.





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(12/01/2017 @Matt)

下面是弗吉尼亚一位本地群友的转帖:

Terry McAuliffe 的 EB5 诈骗Office就在北维的Tysons Ritz Carlton旁边楼里。至少7,8年前的事了吧。我有个律师朋友在那里做过,完全知道就是个骗局-完全没有任何项目,就是收钱,骗的就是大陆的人傻钱多!真好奇,为啥现在才告




11/28/2017

涉投资移民诈欺案 华裔女律师恐囚45年


星期一,涉嫌投资移民诈欺的华裔律师陈莹莹(Victoria Chan)向联邦法庭认罪。最高可能被判处45年监禁。将于明年7月9号宣判。

35岁的陈莹莹来自洛杉矶郊区的 El Monte,她被控移民欺诈,电汇欺诈以及洗钱等多项罪名。陈莹莹将面临最高45年的监禁。具体刑期将于明年7月9日宣判。

检察官称,陈莹莹和其父亲自2008年开始,在圣盖博市设立“加州移民基金会”以及夏利士律师事务所,该律师事务所以办理投资移民(EB-5)为由,共诈骗近5000万美元。

陈莹莹坦诚,自己向移民局递交了近130分EB-5投资移民申请,根据移民法,EB-5投资移民必须提供50至100万元的投资,并至少提供十个全职工作。但陈莹莹承认,大部分资金被挪用,并没有用于项目投资,也没有创造工作。

陈莹莹将所获得的2500万美元资金用于为自己购买房屋。包括位于钻石吧和库卡蒙加牧场市价值百万元的房产,此外她也将部门资金返还给了投资者。

法庭文件显示,超过100名中国公民让陈莹莹办理投资移民,其中有被列在中国“红色通缉令”上的外逃人物。

今年4月5日,陈莹莹设在酒店内的事务所和两处房产遭搜查。她名下大约2500万元房产将被拍卖,赔偿诈欺受害者。

联邦助理检察官布朗(Sandra R. Brown)表示:“这一欺诈案件违反了联邦移民程序,有数十名外国公民因此获得了他们不应该获得的绿卡。”

国土安全部洛杉矶调查部门负责人马西亚斯(Joseph Macias)表示:“我们发出的信息很明确,美国的移民体系不是用来贩售的。” 他指出,移民欺诈不仅让美国承受风险,也惩罚了那些通过正常渠道申请绿卡的移民。

部分受害者的代理律师王婧将于星期三举行新闻发布会,就陈莹莹名下的房产法拍以及对受害者赔偿做介绍。






他的骗局让无数中国投资者落入移民陷阱 却不会坐牢

去年,黄世惠在温哥华一间兰博基尼销售店为他的妻子黎惠(Loretta Lai)拍照。


不列颠哥伦比亚省温哥华——在温哥华富裕华人移民紧密相连的世界里,黄世惠(Paul Se Hui Oei)脱颖而出,他与加拿大一些最有影响力的政治人物关系密切,并且很会拉关系,因此吸引了大批渴望获得他的帮助、得到在加拿大合法居留资格的中国客户。

但在幕后,加拿大当局称,身为杰出移民顾问和慈善家的黄世惠经营着一个精心谋划的诈骗计划,从包括很多中国公民在内的投资者那里骗取了近600万美元,他们相信这些投资可以帮他们拿到加拿大的永久居留权。官方称,黄世惠却把这些钱用来购买豪车、赞助选美比赛,捐给不列颠哥伦比亚自由党(British Columbia Liberal Party)。

“他满嘴谎话,”今年早些时候在不列颠哥伦比亚证券委员会(British Columbia Securities Commission)听证小组就黄世惠一案作证的中国移民陈伟(Chen Wei,音)说道。听证会笔录显示,陈伟一家给黄世惠的项目投资了100万加元(约合500万人民币)。

专家说,这个案例是加拿大移民项目问题模式的一部分,和美国一样,该国的移民项目也为外国投资者专门保留了部分令人垂涎的居留许可。一些人还说,它突显出加拿大司法系统一个令人不安的缺陷,这种缺陷往往使白领罪犯分子只会受到轻微处罚。

黄世惠否认了指控,但尽管他被发现进行了诈骗,也只会受到经济处罚,而不会坐牢。

“加拿大不把金融犯罪当一回事,”律师克里斯汀·杜海姆(Christine Duhaime)说,她在温哥华专门从事打击恐怖主义融资和洗钱的法律。

黄世惠在1980年代移民到加拿大,他通过律师回绝了采访请求。

他的案件是由证券委员会这个独立的省级管理机构提起。由政府任命的听证小组预计将在本月就此案作出裁决。除了经济处罚外,黄世惠可能还面临着不得在证券行业工作的禁令。

在温哥华,黄世惠拥有一家移民咨询和金融服务公司,他曾试图通过自己在华人社群的关系为一家废品回收创业公司Cascade筹款。

然而,该委员会称,从2009年到2013年,黄世惠告诉投资者,他的项目得到了不列颠哥伦比亚省政府的批准(事实上并没有),投资可以让中国公民获得移民加拿大的权利,以及丰厚的利润。他们需要做的只是把钱转到一名当地律师、加拿大议会议员苏立道(Joe Peschisolido)的信托帐户里。

“这让投资者感到安全,以为他们的钱很安全,”委员会的律师之一米拉·皮文科(Mila Pivnenko)告诉听证小组。“当然,只有黄世惠可以指挥那名律师把资金从信托账户中提出放到别处。”

委员会称,黄世惠偷偷地把应该投资给回收公司的数百万美元转进了自己的银行账户,为了避免被查到,还向投资者发行没有资产的公司的股份。

黄世惠从64名投资者那里筹集了1330万加元(约合7000万人民币),但委员会称,他把其中690万加元(约合3500万人民币)留给了自己。当那家回收公司在2013年破产时,黄世惠告诉许多投资者,他们只要追加投资就可以收回投入,委员会称,黄世惠没有告诉他们,他从来都没有把超过一半从投资者那里筹集的资金用在那个项目上。

53岁的蒋毅成(音)是中国沿海省份浙江的一名商人。他在接受电话采访时说,几次去温哥华,黄世惠都开着一辆宝马带他和其他中国投资者四处游玩,置办豪华的宴席,并炫耀他和加拿大当选官员的合影。

蒋毅成上当了。他相信了黄世惠称该项目得到了政府的支持,并且会为他带来移民资格的承诺,成立了一个由中国投资者组成的财团,向该回收公司转账逾300万美元。

蒋毅成说,黄世惠“利用我们的信任骗我们”。他也在不列颠哥伦比亚省对黄世惠提起了诉讼。蒋毅成说,财团成员起诉他,要求赔偿他们的损失并且取得了胜诉,这导致他现在身无分文。

蒋毅成说,一个助手把钱从香港汇到温哥华,他再把对应金额的人民币转给此人在内地的银行账户。专家称,中国的有钱人普遍使用这种地下银行形式来避开中国的资本管制,以便私自把资金转移到国外。

去年,在温哥华一家挤满华裔加拿大社会名流的兰博基尼经销店的招待会上接受采访时,黄世惠炫耀自己的豪车,并解释了为什么很多中国富豪觉得加拿大很有吸引力。“他们希望有一个安全的地方存放他们的钱,”他靠在自己那辆黑色宾利慕尚(Bentley Mulsanne)的驾驶座上说。

专家称,起诉黄世惠的这起案件,符合败坏加拿大移民项目名声的不法行为的模式。2014年,加拿大政府在发现一个联邦移民投资项目几乎没带来经济效益并且经常遭滥用后,取消了这个深受中国富豪欢迎的项目。但加拿大各省和地区有自己的投资签证项目。批评人士称,这些项目很多都充斥着滥用和诈骗。

4月,三名加拿大华裔移民顾问在承认帮助超过1600人——很多来自中国——通过欺骗的方式获得加拿大永久居留权和公民身份后,被监禁18个月。

8月,萨斯喀彻温省议员比尔·博伊德(Bill Boyd)在被发现违反了利益冲突法后辞职。他在北京的一个研讨会上告诉中国投资者,他们可以通过投资他领导的一家公司获得加拿大的永久居留权。该研讨会的广告上出现了官方的萨斯喀彻温政府标志,还谎称博伊德是该省的经济部长。

前加拿大律师协会(Canadian Bar Association)负责公民资格和移民部门的全国负责人理查德·库兰德(Richard Kurland)说,加拿大政府监管不力,加上偏向于为调查暴力犯罪和恐怖主义而不是白领犯罪的执法部门提供资金,增加了监管移民项目的难度。“白领犯罪得到容忍是因为它不是头等大事,”他说。

2016年,美国国务院的一份报告把加拿大列为主要洗钱国家。去年,为打击洗钱制定标准的全球性机构金融行动特别工作组(Financial Action Task Force)经过调查发现,加拿大执法机构追查复杂案件所需的“资源和专业知识普遍不足”,并且“刑事处罚惩戒作用不足”。

在一封电子邮件中,加拿大财政部称,议会的一个委员会将对调查金融行动特别工作组担心的问题进行调查。

不列颠哥伦比亚证券委员会说,自1995年成立以来,委员会只收到了不到5%的估定罚款。该委员会称,在总计3740万美元的未支付罚款中,只有大约7.8万美元可能可以收到。

与此同时,自称被黄世惠骗了的人眼看着自己的生活乱成一团。身居温哥华的中国移民杨宝玺(音)说,在投资黄世惠的项目损失130万美元后,他妻子两次试图自杀。

“过去几年,”他说,“我一直活在噩梦里。”



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