Monday, December 9, 2013

Will a dreaming regional center have a nightmare ending very soon? Looks like a couple of federal agencies MAY be looking to shut down a CA and NV based regional center!

We already know from the securities fraud case in the South Dakota EB-5 scandal that organized crime figures were involved in regional centers for the past few years (after all, when sleazy law firms are seen in the mix, can criminals & sleazy politicians be far behind?), and they do not hesitate to send a clear message that they will not stop at anything when millions of dollars are at stake (See the story about the scam and the murder at and also at For now, the death has been called a suicide, but I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar that it was a murder, as shotgun blasts in the gut are a slow and painful way to die, and cowards take the easy way out.

It is now possible that a reputed mobster business owner, who owns some businesses in Los Angeles Area, and is planning to expand into a business in Vegas may face the music for a few felonies as apparently the Nevada venture was used to launder substantial amounts of money, and it is also possible that a Los Angeles based attorney who was also involved in the venture with the business owner will face the music too. Given this person's reputation, I won't be surprised if the attorney became a long term guest of the federal government along with his partner from Los Angeles. It is also possible that in an effort to destroy evidence, we may see a replay of what happened in SD, where a key player purportedly committed suicide, but the facts suggest otherwise.

Another California regional center which was co-founded by a super sleazy politician who is also a former elected official, is also reportedly under investigation for helping launder funds and securities fraud, and one of the partners is reportedly a member of Chinese gangs known as triads.

I believe both of the above stories should result in indictments and arrests in the coming year, and the poor investors who invested money with these regional centers will lose their time, money AND their green cards.

EB-5 visa investors who wish to avoid controversy and get their green cards in a safe, quick and usually profitable manner should seriously consider investing in Genuine Direct Investment Businesses.

What is a Genuine Direct Investment Business? How can an EB-5 visa investor know what is a Genuine Direct Investment Business? A Genuine Direct Investment Business has the following characteristics that makes it the BEST choice for EB-5 visa investors:
  1. The business is 100% owned, operated and controlled by the investor. This helps avoid conflict of interest and significantly reduces the possibility of fraud. This means that regional centers and partnerships can never qualify as Genuine Direct Investments due to the presence of fraud, conflict of interest and violations of securities laws.
  2. The business is in either a premium franchise such as Five Guys / KFC (for Fast Food), Napa (Auto Parts), Hertz (car rental) etc. or in a solid non-franchise business such as banquet hall, used car lots, child care business (these can be franchised or non-franchised), etc. If the proposed investment is in a relatively new franchise such as Voodoo BBQ, Marcos Pizza, etc. the investment is likely to be quite risky. Some easy ways to decide whether a franchise is suitable for investment is to find out if it is on a major bank's list of approved franchises, features in a list of top performing franchises (see link ) and is recommended by an experienced business advisor. Please remember that most franchises are unsuitable for EB-5 visa investors due to their inability to PROFITABLY generate 10 jobs. If you see promoters such as Joe Sloboda and Fred Burgess asking you to invest in Voodoo BBQ, ask them to full disclose their financial stake in Voodoo BBQ, and why are they engaging in conflict of interest.
  3. The Business Advisor / Broker as well as the CPA (and the franchisor in case the EB-5 visa investor chooses a franchise)  are there to guide and mentor the EB-5 visa investor till approval of the I-829.
  4. The business is easily saleable in the open market and there exists a ready market demand for the business. For example, it is easy to sell off a Five Guys Burger Franchise location or a KFC location in the open market in a relatively short time and get multiple offers for the business, while there is no market for partnership and regional center shares or debt, due to which EB-5 visa investors are stuck for 5-9 years and have to PAY to sell their share. Similarly those who invest in risky franchises such as Marcos Pizza or Voodoo BBQ or some no-name burger franchise would have to wait a long time to sell their business.
  5. It is usually easy to PROFITABLY generate the 10 jobs.
What are the advantages of choosing a Genuine Direct Investment Business to get the EB-5 visa?
  1. The EB-5 visa investor gets FULL control and ownership of their business and corporate funds. This helps prevent if not eliminate conflict of interest and fraud, and results in higher returns and capital gains.
  2. The EB-5 visa investor usually earns 20-35% Return on Equity each year, while regional centers offer measly returns of 1% and some partnerships are now known to offer returns of up to 5%, but most offer between 0 and 1% annual return on equity.
  3. The EB-5 visa investor usually earns solid capital gains averaging 25% after 3 years, while those who invest in risky franchises, partnerships and regional centers usually end up with capital losses.
  4. The EB-5 visa investor has an easy exit strategy and can sell their business (usually for a profit) as soon as they get their permanent green card (I-829 approval), whereas those who opt for risky franchises, partnerships and regional centers are often unable to exit their business for 5-9 years.
  5. It takes about half the time to get the I-526 approval (temporary green card) using a Genuine Direct Investment Business in comparison to regional centers.
  6. Genuine Direct investment Businesses are usually able to help the EB-5 visa investor get their I-829 approved, whereas less than half of the EB-5 visa investors who chose regional centers, partnerships and risky franchises were able to get their I-829 approved.
  7. There is usually no conflict of interest and fraud seen in a Genuine Direct Investment Business, whereas there is usually extensive conflict of interest and fraud to be found in regional centers, partnerships and risky franchises. An excellent example is how Joe Sloboda and Fred Burgess used to sell Voodoo BBQ franchises to EB-5 visa investors without disclosing the fact that they were the master franchisors and earned money on the back end.

Finally,  when making a decision on who you’re going to choose, please ask the service provider / marketer if they’re willing to offer the following 3 guarantees to you in writing, and if they don’t offer these guarantees in writing, I advise EB-5 visa investors to avoid them like the plague.
1.    Guarantee of full and ongoing disclosure of all material information.
2.    Guarantee of freedom from fraud and conflict of interest.
3.    Guarantee of full refund of your fees in case you’re rejected by USCIS.
I know I can confidently offer these guarantees in a notarized affidavit to my clients as I only deal with Genuine Direct Investment Businesses and owe a fiduciary duty to my clients. Our client always owns and controls the corporation 100%, and can immediately repatriate the funds back immediately in case our client is rejected by the USCIS, and any interest earned by client's funds in the bank is given 100% to our client. As far as we know, nobody else allows you full control of your corporation and funds at all times.
If you're an EB-5 visa investor interested in getting their EB-5 visa quickly, please contact us. You'll be really glad that you did.

Yours truly,
Mohammed Shaikh, Licensed RE and Business Broker (CA & FL)
Phone: +1 407 535 0616 Online: htttp://

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