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James and Karen Geppert
November 18, 2014
OPINION: Setting record straight on EB-5
There have seen so many misstatements in the media regarding the EB-5 program and Joop Bollen, I felt it necessary to speak out. The tragic suicide of Richard Benda, former secretary of economic development, has tumed the situation into a media feeding frenzy, driven by a definite...
November 18, 2014 - 1:11pm
MERCER: State officials' moral courage tested by EB-5
PIERRE — No Republican lost public office over the EB-5 issue in South Dakota's general elections last week. The matter isn't going away, however. The Legislature's scrutiny will intensify, now that the 2014 political campaigns are done and the 2016 campaigns haven't openly...
November 18, 2014 - 1:11pm
Bollen wasn't questioned by AG Jackley
PIERRE — State Attorney General Marty Jackley said he didn't speak with Joop Bollen, who oversaw South Dakota's EB-5 immigrant investor program, when Jackley's office investigated Richard Benda last year. A subpoena from a federal grand jury in March 2013 sought information...
November 18, 2014 - 1:10pm
November 14, 2014
Jackley says troubled EB-5 program could be tool for SD
SIOUX FALLS — It's occupied a lot of his office's time, but despite its problems, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the federal EB-5 economic development program could play a role in the state's future. But he has some caveats. "I think EB-5 has a place and...
November 14, 2014 - 4:12pm
In an Oct. 17 article that began on Page A1 relating to Joop Bollen and Northern Beef Packers, The Daily Republic quoted Los Angeles management consultant David Kang's statement that attorney Jeff Sveen of Aberdeen was "one of Joop's partners." Sveen has since advised The Daily Republic...
November 14, 2014 - 4:09pm
November 11, 2014
Bollen: EB-5 'scandal' result of media, politics
By Kevin Burbach and Regina Garcia Cano PIERRE (AP) — The former administrator of the federal EB-5 investment-for-green-card program in South Dakota is defending it and accusing the media and political figures of drumming up an unwarranted scandal. In his written answers...
November 11, 2014 - 10:09pm
October 31, 2014
Attorney fees denied in dismissed EB-5 lawsuit
By Blake Nicholson The South Dakota Board of Regents said Friday that a California arbitrator has denied its attempt to recover attorney fees and costs in a lawsuit related to the state's EB-5 investment-for-green card program. The board said the ruling brings the case to...
October 31, 2014 - 2:41pm
October 24, 2014
Sparks fly at Senate debate over DC gridlock and EB-5
The political deadlock in Washington, D.C., and the EB-5 immigrant-investor scandal in South Dakota came under the harshest attacks during a televised debate among the four candidates for a U.S. Senate seat Thursday night. Former Republican state Sen. Gordon Howie, running as...
October 24, 2014 - 7:26am
October 23, 2014
Rounds says he didn't approve $600,000 for beef plant
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds says he didn't approve $600,000 in state aid for an Aberdeen beef plant authorized by a Cabinet secretary in the final days of his administration — or even know about it. Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda approved...
October 23, 2014 - 7:38am
October 22, 2014
Rounds aware of Benda conflict before changing job
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds said he was aware before finishing his term in December 2010 that his economic development secretary Richard Benda would be leaving his state job to work for an investor in a scandal-smeared beef plant in Aberdeen. Rounds learned of...
October 22, 2014 - 10:20pm
FBI says investigation into EB-5 office still active
PIERRE (AP) — An FBI investigation into the federal investment-for-green card program and the private company that administered it is still active, a bureau spokesman said. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven confirmed to KELO-TV on Wednesday that the EB-5 program and South Dakota Regional...
October 22, 2014 - 9:56pm
October 21, 2014
Rounds, Daugaard file answers in EB-5 litigation
Former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds says in an affidavit that he does not have any personal files related to the EB-5 scandal. However, in the same affidavit filed in U.S. District Court Monday, he did state under oath that he has “several CDs from...
October 21, 2014 - 12:16pm
October 17, 2014
Source: Bollen, lawyer in control of Northern Beef operations, finances
LA man says he met Gov. Rounds during meeting on $30M loan in South Dakota Capitol.
October 17, 2014 - 12:32pm
October 16, 2014
EB-5 immigration investment scandal might derail GOP's Senate hopes
By Sean Sullivan The battle for the Senate majority could wind up turning on a complex immigration investment scandal that sounds like the plot of a Coen Brothers film. The labyrinthine subplots involve a suicide (and doubts about whether it really was a suicide), secret business...
October 16, 2014 - 4:45pm
October 15, 2014
Rounds says he was aware of $30M loan but not involved in the details
Former Gov. Mike Rounds said he was generally aware that $30 million in financing was being lined up for a faltering Northern Beef Packers in 2010, but also said he was not directly involved in the deal. During an interview conducted in March 2014, when fewer details were publicly...
October 15, 2014 - 6:20am