Thursday, April 6, 2017

Feds raid San Gabriel, Arcadia locations over visa-fraud scheme involving criminals on China’s most-wanted list

Mod: This isn't a GemCoins scandal, but it's close. When it comes to big time organized crime in the San Gabriel Valley you're almost always talking about EB-5 green cards and the millions to be made selling them.

Feds raid San Gabriel, Arcadia locations over visa-fraud scheme involving criminals on China’s most-wanted list (Pasadena Star News link): The FBI and federal immigration agents on Wednesday searched a hotel and two homes in the San Gabriel Valley for evidence related to an alleged $50 million visa fraud scheme that gave green cards to Chinese nationals, including criminals on China’s most wanted list.

Agents served search warrants at an office located at the Hilton hotel at 225 West Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel, a house in a gated community in the 700 block of Carriage House Drive in Arcadia and a townhouse on Larry Beard Drive in South El Monte.

Officials said they believed that the alleged scheme that began in 2008 bilked investors through the EB-5 visa program, which allows foreigners to get a green card in exchange for investing at least $500,000 in an American business that must also create 10 new jobs.

FBI Special Agent Gary Chen alleged that Victoria Chan, an attorney who lives in South El Monte, along with her father, Tat Chan, exploited the visa program by persuading over 100 Chinese nationals to invest more than $50 million through a fund operated out of offices on the ground floor of the Hilton in San Gabriel, according to the 113-page affidavit filed in support of the search warrants.

But instead of investing the money with American businesses, Chen said the suspects spent the money on personal items, cars and homes. They are believed to have bought more than a dozen residences in cities across Southern California, including Diamond Bar, Arcadia, Bradbury, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside. Five of the nine homes are worth millions.

Chen said the duo’s fund, identified as the California Investment Immigration Fund LLC in the affidavit, and other related companies refunded investors while their immigration petitions were pending, a violation of the EB-5 visa program.

“As a result of the fraudulent scheme, many foreign nationals were able to improperly obtain U.S. green cards through the EB-5 visa program, even though those foreigners did not in fact truly invest in U.S. businesses, nor were new (full-time) American jobs created,” Chen wrote in the affidavit.

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San Gabriel Valley raids target scammers who helped wealthy Chinese get U.S. visas, feds say (Los Angeles Times link): After years of sleuthing, federal agents Wednesday raided San Gabriel Valley homes and an office that investigators have linked to an alleged multimillion-dollar immigration and finance scam that allowed wealthy Chinese investors to obtain U.S. residency.

The suspects in the case are accused of collecting $50 million from scores of Chinese nationals, who were granted permission to live in the United States in exchange for investing the money in development projects that authorities say never occurred.

The money, investigators claim in court records, fueled a luxurious life of multimillion-dollar homes and high-priced cars for the alleged masterminds of the scheme — Victoria Chan, an attorney; Tat Chan, her father; and Fang Zeng, the father’s friend.

The raids come as money has poured into the San Gabriel Valley in recent years from China, causing home values to soar and fueling a boom in upscale development catering to wealthy visitors from the mainland.

Mod: Now for something completely different.

It’s now illegal in Russia to share an image of Putin as a gay clown (Washington Post link): Russia has banned a picture depicting President Vladimir Putin as a potentially gay clown.

Russian news outlets are having trouble reporting exactly which image of the Internet's many Putin-gay-clown memes is now illegal to share. Because, you know, it's been banned. But the picture was described last week on the Russian government's list of things that constitute “extremism.”

Item 4071: a picture of a Putin-like person “with eyes and lips made up,” captioned with an implicit anti-gay slur, implying “the supposed nonstandard sexual orientation of the president of the Russian Federation.”

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55 comments:

  1. But wait, this isn't an immigration problem...according to this blog recently, these people are treasures!

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    1. Do you have a cite for this?

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    2. It is customary to read the article after you read the headline and before making a stupid comment.

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    3. Trump Guy is usually in a hurry to make an ass of himself. It seems important to him.

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    4. Why do I need a cite? I did the article, so why is it a stupid comment except your probably one of those who think the undocumented are no burden. As for Trump guy-huh! I'm not a guy and why would you assume I might support Trump? Because I have an opinion on one aspect of Trump doesn't mean I support all that he thinks.

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    5. So you cannot supply any proof of your claim. Not in the least bit surprised.

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    6. 8:06A What do you want me to cite? You're capable of going back and reading comments on your own, right?

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  2. ALEX JONES THREAT TO CONGRESSMAN MAY BE A FELONY

    Law enforcement officials are not saying whether they will charge broadcaster Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist ally of President Donald Trump, for publicly threatening to “beat” Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and telling Schiff to “fill your hand”—a reference to taking up a pistol.

    But, says an attorney with expertise in federal law, Jones’s threats appear to break a federal law, U.S. Code Title 18, Section 115, which makes it illegal to threaten to assault a U.S. official and provides a penalty of up to six years in prison.

    “I do think that the combination of Jones’s comments would amount to a threat,” says Amanda Berman, director of legal affairs with Lawfare Project, a consortium of experts on national security law. “It seems to be a clear provocation. Ultimately, the question would have to be put to a judge or jury, but I think there is a legal basis for a conviction based on Jones’s threat, which was made ‘with intent to impede, intimidate or interfere’ with Congressman Schiff’s exercise of his duties as the ranking member of the committee investigating the connection between the Trump campaign/administration and the Russians.”

    Schiff likely became a Jones target because he is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Schiff has said there is “more than circumstantial” evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

    http://www.newsweek.com/alex-jones-threat-congressman-may-be-felony-579730

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  3. Nunes to step aside temporarily from Russia probe
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nunes-to-step-aside-temporarily-from-russia-probe-report-2017-04-06

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  4. Are we going to see the Tattler shine a spotlight on the Susan Rice surveillance scandal. After all it may be bigger than Watergate. Come on Tattler.

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    1. Trump staffers got caught up in an intelligence surveillance operation because they were talking to Russian spies. So an American intelligence official who was responsible for catching these traitors is now somehow guilty? Maybe in Moscow she is.

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    2. Nunes under Ethics investigation for releasing classified information
      http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-devin-nunes-says-he-s-temporarily-1491486690-htmlstory.html

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    3. Please, any liberal group can bring an ethics charge against any elected official. The Libs went to private groups to get that done. As for Rice-it needs to be investigated. She has never been totally honest about much!

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    4. The Roy Cohn school of defense - when guilty, try to implicate someone else. The canard about Susan Rice is an effort to avoid the truth.

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    5. 8:05 - Nunes leaked classified documents. Rice caught traitors. This isn't Miloland, dude. Go back to Breitbart.

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    6. Snowden already shined the light. That's old news. Treason is real news.

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    7. They're going to have to build a Trump Wing at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary to hold all of these Republican Putin lovers.

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    8. So let me get this straight 7:06. National security agents were monitoring Russian spies as they are authorized to do and you believe it inappropriate for high level US officials to know the names of Americans who talk with those spies?

      Tell us, comrade, what is so secret about those conversations with Russian spies that our national security agents should not report to their superiors?

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    9. I am endlessly amazed by the capitulation of the far right to the interests of Vladimir Putin. That these useful idiots have the gall to call themselves patriots shows just how degenerate their brand of politics has become.

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  5. More reason to BUILD THAT WALL

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    1. You would build a wall at LAX?

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    2. Yeah they need to build a wall around the swamp where all the corrupt trump troll swamp keep coming from.

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  6. Stupid to build a block wall when you could have a wall made of protean clear ray disrupter beams.

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    1. Do protean clear ray disruptor beams melt aluminum foil?

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    2. We got one of those thanks to that fool Reagan. Star Wars! Another republican corporate boondoggle

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  7. Will not melt aluminum, we are safe.

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  8. Putin Loyalists Are Invading Washington
    President Donald Trump’s fans in Moscow are fanning out across Washington, determined to salvage the rapprochement he promised despite a widening barrage of probes into the billionaire’s ties to Russia.

    As the Kremlin waits impatiently for signs Trump will follow through on campaign pledges to improve relations, a growing number of the property tycoon’s Russian admirers -- including two who’ve worked on Vladimir Putin’s staff -- are pursuing what they’re calling a “private” reconciliation.

    This includes the attendance of a dozen Putin loyalists at the exclusive National Prayer Breakfast and a private dinner with Republican congressmen that was sponsored by a Rockefeller oil heir -- unofficial efforts to build backchannels to Trump that have, of course, the unofficial blessing of officials in Moscow.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-06/trump-s-russian-fans-won-t-take-nyet-for-an-answer-in-washington

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  9. Time for a Nuclear Option, moments away from a change in how the branches of government will work together in the next twenty years in the Senate.

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    1. Good luck. McCain has already said he's against it, Collins has her doubts. Not every Republican is a suicide monkey.

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  10. I'm sure the attorney to the Chinese, 1 Carter Richard McDonald will help them. He likes clients that want special privileges.

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    1. You sign your death warrant in Russia, if you act out or speak up.
      It's the same in the majority of government controlled countries.

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  11. Face it, it's an attorney's world. They write the rules as they go and we pay for it.

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  12. Less big Chinese money spent McMansions.
    The US Government will be gaining some expensive properties for the general fund. China will have their money laundering criminals returned to the homeland.

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    1. "Nuclear Option". Going foward;
      the party in power, will be the party of play.
      Have individuals just lost their voice and chance to be heard? How much money and "donations", will it take to now elect "officials"?

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    2. The GOP is the party of prostitutes. They'll do anything for money. Even sell us out to our enemies. The Chinese will have Trump eating out of their hands.

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  13. Boy that Fox's Oreily sure has many of same traits as Dump. Sexual harassment is at top of the list. No wonder o Reilly is so fond of Dump.

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    1. Advertisers are fleeing Fox because of that guy.

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    2. Don't forget his slimy boss Ailes. $20m payout

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    3. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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  14. Largest growing group of undocumented (illegal aliens) are from Asian countries in the form of visa escapées...get visas for a variety of purposes and overstay the time limit and disappear into the background.

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    1. They have lots of money to bring into the country. Money makes things different.

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  15. Russia and China using same tactic: Kill the chickens to scare the monkeys.

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    1. I do not find your racist,entitled remark amusing.

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  16. Don Rickles died today.

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  17. Pence's attempt to kill Obamacare failed today. Freedom Caucus shot down the Trumpies again.

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    1. Extemists out of touch which real Americans

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  18. Trump considering military strike on Syria in response to poison gas attack.

    I wonder how many already destroyed or expendable Syrian targets we'll hit.

    How nice of Putin to get Assad to sacrifice some rebels and maybe a little bit of his military to create a diversion for the Trump puppet.

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  19. 1:47pm. In this alternative universe, this is a repeat of what has already been.
    Create a diversion in your 7th house to fool all puppets.

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  20. Jerry Brown Please raise my TAXES..

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  21. Tomahawk missiles fired on Syrian aviation targets near Homs.

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  22. Well, extremist trump attacked again. Now the terrorists have all the excuse they need

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  23. Thank God for TelePrompTers or ol Dump wouldn't have known what to say tonight. Sure speaks like one nervous bafoon that he is. How dare Assad interrupt his party weekend once again in Florida.

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  24. I heard there were Russians on that airbase.

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  25. So did Putin also sacrifice some of his own to help prop up Trump and distract from the Investigations of Trump's ties with Russia?

    No doubt right wingers will be rushin' to cry out "don't criticize the president at a time when our military is risk," something those hypocrites never did when Obama was president.

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