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On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil fraud suit against Lobsang Dargey, a Bellevue, Washington-based real estate developer and alleged fraudster, who also happens to be a brother-in-law of tennis star Andre Agassi.
On August 3, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated processing times for EB-5 immigration benefits. The news continues to be bleak.
Last month, the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) ordered a default judgment against an interest in a limited partnership connected with an EB-5 investment. 
Change is on the EB-5 horizon. With the Regional Center Program nearing its expiration and recent legislative efforts coming from lawmakers, we may see some action by Congress or the Senate before the end of September.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“the Commission” or “SEC) recently published an overview of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA) enforcement actions. Since 2010, the SEC has had a specialized unit devoted to enforcement of the FCPA.

Regulation S safe harbor in EB-5 offerings

July 15, 2015 | Blog | By Douglas Hauer

Recently, a question about Regulation S came to me from a team of very well regarded EB-5 regional center directors. I wanted to share this question with you, as well as our brief response.
In a recent action, SEC v. Luca International Group, LLC et al. ("SEC v. Luca"), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a California-based oil and gas company and its CEO with violations of securities laws in connection with a $68 million Ponzi scheme and affinity fraud.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) appears to be stepping up enforcement in the EB-5 area. On July 6, 2015, the SEC filed a complaint and a separate cease and desist order against the perpetrators of a Ponzi scheme targeting EB-5 investors.

Uncertainty overshadows changes to EB-5 program

July 6, 2015 | Blog | By Douglas Hauer

Check out the latest on prospects for legislative changes to the EB-5 Program.

SEC charges "Which EB-5" owners with securities law violations

June 25, 2015 | Blog | By Douglas Hauer, Steve Ganis

On June 23, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release in connection with charging two firms that unlawfully brokered more than $79 million of EB-5 investments to more than 150 investors seeking U.S. residency under the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.
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