The FBI raided the PhoenixMart headquarters last week in northeast Phoenix. Agents swarmed the building at 7:00 AM on Thursday to investigate possible securities and investor fraud at the company.
Agents were not allowed to speak on the raid. However, a spokesperson for the FBI said that the bureau could confirm the raid was ongoing but could not add any more details at the time.
PhoenixMart is funded by EB-5 investments, those allowed from foreign entities. The $500,000 buy-in generates conditional visas allowing U.S. residency by the investors and extended family.
According to a former PhoenixMart executive said some investors who had purchased homes in Paradise Valley and Scottsdale are now facing deportation for violating visa conditions.
The multi-million-square-foot mixed-use project was supposed to have been a major economic boom for the Pinal County community. More than 500 acres were committed to the project, along with significant public improvements.
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