Conservation Easement Investment | Ocean Grove Resort Holdings, EcoVest Capital
Have you suffered losses investing in Ocean Grove Resort Holdings LLC? If so, the securities attorneys at The White Law Group may be able to help you.
The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud claims involving broker-dealers or sales agents who sold conservation easements (tax shelter land deals) to unsuspecting investors.
Syndicated conservation easements are private placement investments that promise tax deductions possibly worth four to four-and-a-half times a person’s investment. That means an investor could hypothetically turn a $100,000 investment into $400,000 or more of tax deductions.
These syndicated conservation easements are often sold through independent broker-dealers or directly by attorneys and CPAs who create the syndications, according to industry observers.
Ocean Grove Resort Holdings LLC reportedly filed a form D to raise capital from 193 investors beginning on October 14, 2016 and the total offering amount sold was purportedly $18,482,297, with the minimum amount accepted by any outside investor of $19,657.
The managing entity is EcoVest Capital, according to the Form D.
The SEC Form D indicates that sales compensation was paid to the following recipients: Center Street Securities, Concorde Investment Services, Nancy A. Socha & Associates, Niagra International Capital Ltd., DFPG Investments, Dyche Wealth Management, Transam Securities, Triloma Securities, United Planners Financial Services and The Strategic Financial Alliance.
Sales commissions and fees on the offering were estimated at $2,135,537, approximately 9% of the offering amount, according to SEC filings.
The IRS has reportedly seen abuses of this tax provision and it is currently investigating taxpayers who are using questionable appraisals, and taking inappropriately large deductions for easements.
Investors who received charitable contribution deductions of more than 2.5 times their investment could possibly be audited, and potentially even hit with a revised tax bill.
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If you have suffered investment losses in Ocean Grove Resort Holdings and EcoVest Capital, the securities attorneys at The White Law Group may be able to help you. For a free consultation with a securities attorney, please call The White Law Group at 1-888-637-5510.
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