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Reopening of Maine Ski Resort in Jeopardy?

The Australian businessman who has agreed to buy a shuttered ski resort in Maine reportedly told his staff that the deal was spurred by a visa program offering U.S. residency to foreign investors.

Majella Group CEO Sebastian Monsour also says he won't "lose any sleep" if the mountain doesn't reopen.

In an audio recording obtained by WCSH-TV, Monsour is reportedly captured saying that his pursuit of Saddleback Mountain is driven by the EB-5 visa program. He says he would like to open the mountain, but it is not a "primary concern."

The deal to buy the Rangeley-area resort from the Berry family has not yet been finalized.

The TV station says repeated requests to interview Monsour have been denied or ignored. The Berrys also declined to be interviewed.

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