Some 3 years ago we were put in touch with Derick Coles the CEO of "New Horizons Group" to find out about relocating to USA, by friends. We then decided to contact "New Horizons Group" at their UK office in Hampshire, & arranged a one to one meeting with Derick Coles in London. We thought about what Derick had told us but realised we were not in a position to relocate at that time.
A year later our friends relocated using the EB-5 path.
During discussions with our Management Co. in Florida in March of 2008, we also learned they had relocated with Derick Coles (New Horizons Group), some 5 years earlier, & were now in possession of their 'Green Card'. (they didn't take the EB-5 path)
Following this information we decided to get back in contact with Derick Coles "New Horizons Group" & arranged to attend a forum at the Hilton Hotel, Dartford in June of 2008. At this meeting we met Derick, his son Jason & his secretary & her husband from "New Horizons Group" Hampshire office.
The Forum reiterated that the way forward for us was to take the EB-5 path. We informed Derick of our decision whilst still at the Forum, & he asked us to fill out a questionnaire.
The following week we were contacted by his Hampshire office & received an email with
a contract attached for us to sign & payment details. We duly paid the 3500.00 fee to "New Horizons Group" for their services.
After receiving an email from Derick Coles asking us to send the USD funds we had available, so as to secure our place with 'CMB' the Regional Centre. In July 2008 we paid into "New Horizons Group" Escrow Account, $250,000.00 Following this deposit we received an email 'congratulating us on being accepted' by the Regional Centre.
We paid a further $155,000.00 into "new Horizons Group" Escrow Account in August 2008.
On NOVEMBER 14TH 2008, we were contacted by CMB to warn us that they had had notification from someone who had used Derick Coles "New Horizons Group" that Derick had misappropriated their funds & that it was possible that he had done the same to us.
We immediately contacted Derick Coles who told us that everything was fine & he would meet us on monday 17th Nov. in Florida at 11.30am. That morning we received a phone call to say Derick was sick & could not make the meeting.
Since this phone call we have had no contact from anyone let alone Derick from the "New Horizons Group", despite daily attempts via email & phone calls on all numbers. However on the monday he was sick he tried to cash a further $75,000.00 cheque which luckily we were able to stop once we were alerted by CMB.
We are absolutely distraught by the whole situation & now feel the same as others that we have been duped into believing our dreams could come true.
This man needs to be CAUGHT & made to pay back EVERYBODY he has SCAMMED out of money!!!!!
Devastated, upset, numb & $405,000.00 out of pocket!!!!!
Stuart, Paula & 5 children
Stuart & Paula