Virginia Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Anthony Rodham, Hillary Clinton brother, are facing a 17 million dollar lawsuit by Chinese investors for running a cash-for-green card scam.
The lawsuit was filed in Fairfax, Virginia circuit court last week. 32 Chinese investors are claiming Rodham and McAuliffe “exploited” them by making a promise to “leverage … political connections” in order to get their immigration visa “to the top of the pile, and then be approved.”
The visas were allegedly approved as a part of the U.S. government’s EB-5 visa program, which grants legal status to foreigners who invest a minimum of $500,000 in U.S. companies.
The lawsuit stated that the Chinese investors have invested a large amount of money into Greentech because of the promise to get a green card to become American citizens.
“Plaintiffs now face the prospect of having to uproot their families once again, with the expense and stress of deportation to China looming before them,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit accuses McAuliffe, Rodham, Charles Xiaolin Wang the founder of Greentech, and many other of running a “scam” operation.
Throughout 2012 and 2013 the 32 investors gave $560,000 each to Greentech.
Rodham and McAuliffe went to China many times to look for investments in the electric car company.
The lawsuit says Rodham used his family connections to lure investors by bragging that he is former President Bill Clinton’s brother-in-law and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s brother.
“Defendants milked these connections in marketing materials,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants exploited those relationships to assure investors of both the success of the company and their ability to obtain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (‘USCIS’) approval of the visa applications.”
The lawsuit accuses Rodham and McAuliffe of misrepresenting the number of jobs Greentech would create, of lying to investors, and untruthfully telling them the company was selected for a contract from the Defense Department.
McAuliffe’s spokesperson Crystal Carson stated that the governor feels confident the lawsuit will be dismissed.
“We strongly reject this baseless suit which has no merit whatsoever,” Carson stated.
“The claims, which regurgitate old political attacks regarding a company that Governor McAuliffe left five years ago, were brought by a lawyer with conservative ties,” she continued.
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