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Retired FBI agent John Good discusses the Abscam scandal independent US Senate candidate Larry Pressler at a news conference in Sioux Falls. Photo by Todd Epp/NPN used with permission..
Retired FBI agent John Good discusses the Abscam scandal independent US Senate candidate Larry Pressler at a news conference in Sioux Falls. Photo by Todd Epp/NPN used with permission..

Abscam FBI Agent Says Follow The Money in EB-5 Scandal

SIOUX FALLS — An old hand at investigating government corruption had one piece of advice for the FBI, which admitted yesterday (Wednesday) that it had an “active” investigation ongoing into South Dakota EB-5 scandal — follow the money

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Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds
South Dakota Government

Rounds Responds to Barth’s EB-5 Lawsuit, Says He Has No Personal Files

Former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds says in an affidavit that does not have any personal files related to the EB-5 scandal.

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Rounds’ EB-5 Word Salad

Blogger Cory Allen Heidelberger excerpts this recent interview of Republican Senate candidate Mike Rounds in the Black Hills Pioneer on one of the many questions in the EB-5 scandal:

We Don't Fire a Guy for Getting Sued ... 
You have

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Craig Lawrence, South Dakota Republican Party chair. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.
Craig Lawrence, South Dakota Republican Party chair. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.

EVA Acquiesces to SD GOP’s Demand to Pull Rounds Attack Ad

SIOUX FALLS — Following a strident Republican denunciation of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland and Every Voice Action's attack ad against Republican front-runner Mike Rounds Wednesday, EVA pulled its ad off South Dakota airwaves that afternoon

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EB-5: What California Arbitrator Found as Fact Regarding Bollen, SDRC, Inc.

The underlying transactions in the Darley Commercial, LLC v. Hanul Professional Law Corporation v. South Dakota Board of Regents arbitration are convoluted almost beyond explanation.
However, the third party neutral arbitrator in the matter, Robert A. Baines,

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Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds
South Dakota Government

Don’t Expect EB-5 Road to Go Through Rounds

The road to clarity about South Dakota’s EB-5 scandal will not run directly through former Gov. Mike Rounds.

That is not saying the same thing as the Republican front-runner for the open U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota is or is not culpable

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Joop Bollen Conflict-of-Interest Forms Request Denied

Board of Regents is refusing to release documents about potential financial conflicts of Joop Bollen, the former director of a troubled immigration program.

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photo by Rick Knobe

EB-5 Figure Joop Bollen Added as Respondent in Federal Case

Joop Bollen has been added to Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth's pre-complaint petition concerning the EB-5 matter.

Barth’s attorney, Rich Engels of Hartford, a former Democratic state legislator, filed a new petition Thursday in U

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Wismer Hones EB-5 Attack

SIOUX FALLS — Less than a day after a sometimes contentious legislative hearing on South Dakota’s EB-5/Northern Beef Packers controversy, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Susan Wismer unveiled a more finely honed message about the scandal Thursday

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Democrats Unveil New Trove of EB-5 Documents to Committee

PIERRE, S.D. -- Democrats presented a thick black binder of what they say is new evidence in the ongoing EB-5 scandal Wednesday at the South Dakota Legislature’s Government Operations Committee.

 

For the last 10 months, the EB-5 visa foreign investment program’s administration under the Mike Rounds’ and Dennis Daugaard’s governorships has been under various state and federal investigations.

 

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