Defendants Allegedly Exploited a United States Investment Program Thwarting the Creation of More than 2,000 Jobs in the Area
OAKLAND – A federal grand jury in Oakland indicted Thomas Henderson, Kexing Hu (a/k/a Peter Hu), and Cooper Lee on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud for their respective roles in a scheme to defraud investors in a jobs creation program administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson; U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent in Charge Matthew Perlman; U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Francisco Special Agent in Charge Tatum King; and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.
The multi-count indictment, unsealed today, alleges that Henderson, 70, of Oakland; Hu, 40, of Ningbo, China; and Lee, 42, formerly of Oakland, conspired to misappropriate investor funds, to lie to foreign investors about the use of their funds, and to make false statements to USCIS in connection with the Employment-Based Immigration, Fifth Preference Category Program, referred to as the EB-5 visa program. The indictment also alleges that Henderson fraudulently abused the EB-5 visa program and jeopardized the creation of over 2,000 jobs in Oakland and surrounding areas.