Chinese investors sue Nick Mastroianni over alleged $99.5M EB-5 fraud

Chinese investors sue Nick Mastroianni over alleged $99.5M EB-5 fraud

A group of nearly 80 Chinese investors have filed suit against Nicholas Mastroianni II, alleging he defrauded them of their EB-5 investments.

Mastroianni founded the U.S. Immigration Fund for EB-5 investment. He’s known to have raised EB-5 funds for a number of major developers, and USIF remains one of the biggest EB-5 service providers.

According to a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court last week, Mastroianni raised $99.5 million from 199 EB-5 investors for the Harbourside Place development in Jupiter. The deal was he would raise $100 million.

The complaint, filed through Miami-based Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman, alleges Mastroianni intentionally structured the EB-5 investments so that he was one investor short for the $100 million, first-priority, secured construction loan. The alleged purpose of that was so that Mastroianni could eventually control the new senior lender.


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