Indian-origin person Anshoo Sethi, charged in US green card investment fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said in a statement that a district court has granted it a "temporary restraining order and asset freeze" against 29-year old Anshoo Sethi and two of his companies involved in running this fraudulent scheme, as its investigations continue further.
As per SEC's charges, Illinois-based Sethi created two entities, namely A Chicago Convention Center (ACCC) and Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago (IRCTC), and fraudulently sold more than USD 145 million in securities and collected USD 11 million in administrative fees from more than 250 investors primarily from China.
Sethi and his companies duped investors into believing that by purchasing interests in ACCC, they would be financing construction of the "World's First Zero Carbon Emission Platinum LEED certified" hotel and conference centre near Chicago's O'Hare Airport, SEC said.
"Investors were misled to believe their investments were simultaneously enhancing their prospects for US citizenship through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, which provides foreign investors an avenue to US residency by investing in domestic projects that will create or preserve a minimum number of jobs for US workers," it added.
According to the SEC's complaint filed in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the EB-5 program enables foreign investors to possibly qualify for a green card
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