This website was created to assist others in their research about John Infantino and Federal Development – his real estate development company. If I’d had information like this readily available to me, I might not have gotten involved with Federal Development and could have saved myself considerable time, money and frustration.
Since I created the site in 2010, I have had many other people email me about their experiences with Mr. Infantino and the more I learn, the more I think I probably got off lucky. John Infantino is nothing if not a con artist.
At the height of Federal Development’s success – around 2005-2007 – Mr. Infantino had several offices established around the globe, mostly staffed by inexperienced unpaid student interns. Very few of his employees were paid employees. In 2007, before the real estate crash, Mr. Infantino was able to secure contracts for real estate developments by simply having his interns write up a response to a request for development proposal which they basically copied word for word from other legitimate development companies. Back then, the banks were handing out money much more readily, and Mr. Infantino looked the part, and had a somewhat impressive resume. Unfortunately, he was the only one in the company. And one man can only do so much. After securing multiple development contracts, Mr. Infantino could not keep up with the management of so many projects, and financial partners pulled back.
Federal Development still maintains a website where it lists many current and past projects – however, the majority of the projects on the site were never actually built. They were just concepts. And yet, their website and the rest of their marketing materials are still used to submit development proposals to unsuspecting land owners. And with a list of professional references from some of the biggest banks around, I am sad to say that the unsuspecting land owner / public partner – rarely, if ever, does it’s research on Federal Development. And soon finds itself in an exclusive negotiating contract with a con man who is best at buying himself more time.
I still scratch my head over how he is able to sleep at night.
The worst project example that I’m aware of is The Fort Howard project. Fort Howard was a project that Mr. Infantino was awarded by the Veteran’s Administration. The VA contracted with FEDERAL to build a veteran’s housing development. Years into the contract, the veterans started to wonder if it would ever be built. And they pressured the VA… and the VA in turn pressured Federal. And Federal sent out a fancy marketing package, with floor plans and pictures and an application and $750 application fee / deposit. And the applications and deposits started coming in. And then, shortly after, the housing bubble burst. And Federal’s financial partners started to walk away. And Federal had no money to keep it’s offices open. And Federal basically stopped answering emails and phone calls. And the deposit money from the veterans disappeared. Read about Fort Howard here.
And I read articles online about the veterans and I got angry. And I saw other articles pop up about projects that Federal was losing – for the same reasons… nothing was happening. The developer abandoned the land owner.
I just did another google search on Federal Development and John Infantino and it looks like he’s back at it. This time the company is called Derek Owens Group of Companies – and the website is:
but it looks like all of Federal’s marketing stuff. And check out the about page, John Infantino is the CEO.