Real estate company collapses, 500 homes affected, $10M from investors across Canada missing
Carolina Abramovich says the investment appealed to both her pocketbook and her conscience.
The Vancouver biomedical scientist is one of 120 investors who gave unsecured loans of between $50,000 and $500,000 to the Epic Alliance group of companies in Saskatoon.
“I heard about Epic Alliance with real estate investment groups, they were really everywhere,” she said in an interview.
“Excellent reviews from anybody that invested with them, small or big. Real estate investment groups, podcasts, webinars — they were everywhere.”
While it seemed to make financial sense, Abramovich said that she also fell hard for the company’s origin story.
“The story behind the company was great. Try to help investors with their investments while providing, you know, affordable housing in Saskatoon. I liked the fact that they were women and that they were promoting trades for women.”
The Epic Alliance group of companies shut down its operations at the end of January. Its investors and property partners learned of the collapse in a 16-minute Zoom call from the company’s founders, Rochelle Laflamme and Alisa Thompson.
“Everything is gone. Everything is bankrupt, guys. It’s all gone,” Laflamme said in the Jan. 19, 2022, video.
The news of Epic’s collapse went off like a bombshell in real estate and business circles across…