While Pat Powers shouts with capital letters to distract us from his embarrasing silence on the GOED/SDRC/EB-5/Benda/Rounds investigations, I'm reading various documents relating to the case. Among them is a perhaps trivial remark that speaks volumes about the attitude of the man the Governor's Office of Economic Development authorized to run its EB-5 visa investor program, Joop Bollen.
On June 23 and June 24, 2012, Mr. Bollen received formal requests, written and electronic, from an attorney investigating the SDRC's involvement in Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen and the Dakota Provisions turkey plant in Huron. The attorney asked, "What steps are being taken to ensure that the described turkey plants have created the minimum number of jobs prescribed on attached USCIS memorandum HQSCOPS 7A16.1.2-C?" The attorney also asked for "a listing of entities and amounts of EB-5 funds distributed to South Dakota entities from 2000 to present" and "a list of pending EB-5 applications involving South Dakota entities."
Ten days went by. No response from Bollen. (Actually, it was eleven days, but one of those days was July 4, so we'll cut everyone some slack.) On July 5, the attorney pinged Bollen with an e-mail asking if he intended to respond and if he had legal counsel.
On July 5, 2012, at 4:37 p.m., Bollen responded thus:
If you please could forward the necessary funds for my legal counsel I will certainly obtain it [Joop Bollen, e-mail, 2012.07.05].
Asked questions about how his state-authorized agency operates, Bollen doesn't just stonewall; he tells the questioners to pay for his lawyer.
You'd think the guy's middle name was Hubris, not Hubertus.