Just recently, DHS OIG, US SEC and USCIS issued recommendations to make massive changes to the regional centers by putting more restrictions on them due to rampant fraud, while US ICE actually recommended shutting down regional centers altogether due to fraud in a confidential memo made public by Senator Grassley (see link http://www.grassley.senate.gov/judiciary/upload/EB-5-12-12-13-ICE-memo-security-vulnerabilities.pdf). The DHS OIG report recommended procedural safeguards in response to the rampant fraud committed by regional centers, due to which only approximately 40% of the EB-5 visa investors actually have a chance of getting their permanent green card, and of the over 400 regional centers in existence, not even 1 regional center's CEO, CFO and marketing agents are willing to offer written guarantees of freedom from fraud and conflict of interest. This goes to show that it is not just one but multiple government agencies that are requesting that all regional centers either be shut down or be placed under extensive oversight in order to prevent fraud that regional centers are famous for.
EB-5 visa investors should also avoid dealing with shady individuals such as Brian Su, Joe Sloboda, Fred Burgess, Kevin Jeffers, etc. who used to help illegally market and sell regional center securities in a fraudulent manner, and are are now marketing direct investments without disclosing material facts or conflict of interest.
EB-5 visa investors should remember that IT IS VERY HARD TO EARN MONEY AND VERY EASY TO BURN MONEY. A Genuine Direct Investment Business is the SAFEST, FASTEST and usually most PROFITABLE way to get an EB-5 visa.