Dikembe Mutombo once made a living playing professional basketball and much of his career was spent in Atlanta playing for the Atlanta Hawks. He’s also known for his humanitarian work in his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a recessed economy, many people come up with unconventional ways to increase their cash flow and allegedly Mutombo hatched a scam that involved selling gold from his war torn homeland, that netted SOMEONE at least $10,000,000 dollars!
According Houston Chronicle, the alleged scam is detailed in a United Nations report that was turned into the UN Security Council last November.
The report revealed that Mutombo tried to sell over a thousand pounds of gold from the Congo where such a transaction would be illegal. (There is apparently a ban on mining and exports in Mutombo’s homeland because militias are funded by the revenue)
According to a 392 page UN report, Mutombo hatched the plan and reportedly enlisted the financial help of Kase Lawal, the chairman of CAMAC, a Houston energy company who was familiar with doing business in Africa.
Lawal then enlisted the help of an associate, Carlos St. Mary, according to the report. St. Mary had experience in trading third world minerals.
According to the report, the profit from the deal was estimated at $10 million to be split between the three.
Lawal would get 40%, St. Mary 30% and Mutombo 30%.
A private jet belonging to Lawal, carrying the gold and about $6 million in cash never made it out of the Congo. The gold and cash were seized at gunpoint by Congolese officials at an airport in Goma. (source)
The alleged scam was only part of the 392 page UN report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and there is no indication any further investigation is under way.
CLICK HERE to read the entire sordid scam.
So…. all those millions in gold and cash just “disappeared” and NO ONE knows where it went? Yeah right… 😕