State tries to dismiss lawsuit in ski resort visa fraud case
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HYDE PARK, Vt. — Vermont officials say the state shouldn't be liable for losses in a fraud case that cost a ski resort's foreign investors millions of dollars and potentially the opportunity to live in the United States.
The Burlington Free Press reports the state attorney general's office filed a motion Monday to dismiss the investors' lawsuit, saying the government employees named should be immune.
The state also says the investors can't file a lawsuit on their own because a federal receiver is representing their interests.
Jay Peak ski resort owner and Miami businessman Ariel Quiros and former Jay Peak president William Stenger were accused of misusing more than $200 million raised from foreign investors through a visa program.
Quiros has reached a partial settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Stenger has settled with the SEC.
Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com