Sen. Chuck Grassley is launching his own inquiry into an allegedly fraudulent EB-5 investor center, requesting more information Thursday from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about a California attorney and her father accused of helping fugitives get visas through the program.
According to his letter to DHS head John Kelly, Grassley asked why Victoria Chan and father Tat Chan have not been arrested or charged in connection with FBI allegations that they worked with Chinese nationals — including people on the nation’s “100 most wanted” list — to get visas through a $50 million investment project.
“It’s alarming that this information was not discovered before these individuals were permitted to enter the United States. Unfortunately, this is not the first time criminals have been discovered using the EB-5 program to enter the United States,” Grassley said in the letter.
The Chan duo persuaded more than 100 Chinese nationals to invest more than $50 million with the California Investment Immigration Fund LLC and related companies, according to a recently unsealed affidavit by Gary Chen, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
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