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Fri Dec 20, 2019, 04:44 PM

Lawsuit alleging kickback scheme set to be first EB-5 case to go to trial

By Alan J. Keays

BURLINGTON – A lawsuit alleging a “kickback” scheme involving an attorney who brought foreign investors and their money to Jay Peak projects may be the first to make it to trial in a years-long scandal that has rocked the state.

Judge Christina Reiss on Thursday told attorneys in the case during a hearing held in federal court in Burlington to be ready for a trial to begin April 20.

Moments earlier in the hearing, Russell Barr, an attorney for the EB-5 investors bringing the suit, told the judge he wanted the case to proceed as fast as possible.

“We are ready for trial,” he said, adding that the case was already over two years old. “We would like to have our day in court and see what the jury has to say.”

Read more: https://vtdigger.org/2019/12/20/lawsuit-alleging-kickback-scheme-set-to-be-first-eb-5-case-to-go-to-trial/

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