What a nightmare, Penny. Thank you for sharing bad experiences with such an elegance. Especially written to those who pursue SV dreams with international efforts. Really common here in Latin America for sure.
Enjoy your back homecoming and please let us know how this story get on Netflix (at least!)
Ps. I would fiercely take on lawsuits as these scammers are there around hatchin more “Oceans’ 11–12–13”. For sure it will be the full learning curve (Helping others).