As FGI’s Liu Flees to Charlotte, D.J. Karavan, Mark Lazarus plan major development for rural Horry

Dean Karavan is a childhood and lifelong friend of Mark Lazarus.

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David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Dan Liu (Founders Group International) purchased 22 area Myrtle Beach Golf courses in 2014 and 2015 in what the Sun News called a Chinese Ponzi scheme.  The funds were raised by a firm called Yiqian Funding.  Liu is a Chinese national who stole $1.17 billion and then invested $350 million of that in Myrtle Beach.

Sources inside the Chinese Organized Crime And Corruption Reporting Project have confirmed that local Founders Group International owner, Dan Liu, is on their list of 896 top people sought by the Chinese government. As China is a nation of 1.379 billion people, a list of 896 fugitives is a short list. This amounts to being on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Mark Lazarus and (now deceased) John Rhodes flew to China to help Liu cement the deal.

 As Alan Blondin of the Sun News reported , Liu’s partner in the Chinese company Yiqian Funding, a peer-to-peer lending business that seeks investors, testified in her fraud trial in Nanjing that Liu was in control of the company when it became unable to pay many investors what prosecutors estimate to be $1.17 billion — or 7.4 billion yuan.

In 2017, Liu made Dean (D.J.) Karavan the executor of FGI in the event that Liu and his wife should suddenly be required to leave the area.  Now that Liu has moved to Charlotte, Karavan is fully running all of Liu’s financial affairs.

Dean Karavan is a childhood and lifelong friend of Mark Lazarus.

Karavan’s purchases are run through an LLC under his daughter Bree’s name (Christian Bree Karavan). Large sums of money are transferred into and out of this LLC to keep the transactions off the radar.

Dan Liu ran $750,000 through this Agora Holdings account as part of the Hard Rock park investment.

Agora owns between 15% to 20% of Hard Rock Park property
Shep Guyton is a local attorney and “fixer”. Development Resource Group head Robert Wilfong communicates with Karavan via email.


Former Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes purchased 1% of the Hard Rock Park land. The majority investors were Dan Liu and Karavan, under the leadership of Karavan. Local attorney Shep Guyton took care of legal matters surrounding the plan. The coastal elite group has plans to overhaul the area along the intracoastal waterway, contingent upon Lazarus winning the Chairmanship.


Lazarus is now hoping to get re-elected as Horry County Council Chairman so as to cement the development running down the intracoastal waterway for miles, and also, along Collins Jollie road.

A December 10th email from John Mock (Mock Consulting) sent to Dean (D.J.) Caravan obtained by MyrtleBeachSC News, shows the Collins Jollie Road phase of development being planned.

Lazarus will need a political win for the pieces of this plan to come together. Funds used in this purchase were provided by Dan Liu (Chinese questionable monies), managed by D.J. Karavan.

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New Home/Hideout for Dan Liu in Charlotte NC

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Liu purchased home for $1.35 million in Charlotte
Liu Living

Lazarus also has life-long ties to Tom Rice. The entire group are part of the coastal elite.

Lazarus Recently Endorsed Tom Rice, but Fry won without a runoff.

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