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Goldhandel: Anatomy of a swindle ~ Anatomie eines Betrugs

Anatomy of a swindle

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Published 09:26 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2012

  • Photos to go with the Mutombo Dikembe story. / hand in photos
    Photos to go with the Mutombo Dikembe story. / hand in photos

Dec. 3, 2010: Initial meeting at the Barclays Intercontinental Hotel in New York between Kase Lawal, Carlos St. Mary, Dikembe Mutombo and his three nephews to discuss a deal to buy and resell 1,045 pounds of Congolese gold and divide the profits three ways. More such deals are promised.

Dec. 9: St. Mary is introduced to Eddy Michel Malonga in Nairobi. He is told that Malonga is the real „owner“ of the gold. Malonga takes St. Mary to a „refinery“ to see the gold and watch it melted down into bars.

Dec. 13: Lawal increases his share of the profit split after getting news that the price per kilo has gone up from $25k to $28.5. Mutombo is not happy about it. Lawal agrees to pay 40 percent of the total price in advance.

Dec. 15: St. Mary, Malonga, and two of Mutombo’s nephews, David Kapuadi and Reagan Mutombo, inspect the gold at a purported customs warehouse at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. A sample is assayed the next day at 92.66 percent pure.

Dec. 18: St. Mary hands over $3.9 million in cash to Malonga and gets a receipt.

Dec. 23: St. Mary is told by Malonga that the documents necessary to export the gold will not be ready until after the holidays.

Jan. 4, 2011: Kapuadi tells St. Mary he has had a falling-out with Malonga, the supposed owner of the gold, but gets St. Mary on the phone with Zoe Kabila, the brother of the Congolese president Joseph Kabila, who assures him that Malonga will come through with the paperwork. A little later Malonga calls St. Mary and says he will have the paperwork by Jan. 6.

Jan. 5: St. Mary senses something is wrong. A call to Lawal results in a meeting with the Commissioner of Kenyan Customs, who informs St. Mary that he’s been scammed. They inspect the „warehouse“ and find the gold is gone. The next day they return to the „refinery,“ but it, too, is shuttered.

Jan. 10: St. Mary files a report with Kenyan police. Kase Lawal tells St. Mary to sit tight because Malonga will resurface.

Jan. 17: Malonga contacts St. Mary to tell him the gold is back in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He says he is in trouble and pleads for St. Mary to go to Goma to conclude the transaction. Kase Lawal agrees to send a lawyer and security officer to Goma to make sure the product is there.

Jan. 21: The two verify the gold is there at a military base. A contract is signed. St. Mary returns to Houston.

Jan. 29: At a meeting at CAMAC’s Houston office, Kase Lawal decides to send St. Mary and his brother, Mickey Lawal, to Goma to conclude the deal.

Jan. 31: En route to Nigeria, St. Mary stops in Atlanta and meets with Dikembe Mutombo, telling him that Kase Lawal has changed the split again and that Mutombo will now get only 10 percent. He is furious.

Feb. 3: CAMAC’s leased Gulfstream V lands in Goma. Reagan Mutombo and Mickey Lawal are taken to see Gen. Bosco Ntaganda, a militia warlord, who says that the gold is really his. He is given bags with $6.6 million cash.

Feb. 5: The promised paperwork has not materialized, but the gold is loaded onto the jet. Before it can take off, Congolese soldiers board the aircraft and take everyone into custody, including the flight crew. The gold is seized.

Mar. 17: St. Mary and the other detainees are transferred to the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, and threatened with criminal charges.

Mar. 26: After Kase Lawal pays a $3 million fine, the detainees are freed and board a flight for London. The Gulfstream is released as well.

For two months, a group of Texans along with former Houston Rocket Dikembe Mutombo were involved in an attempt to buy and sell more than 1,000 pounds of gold mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The deal turned out to be a more sophisticated version of a gold scam that has been used on numerous victims in Kenya in recent years. The big victim this time was Kase Lawal, the Nigerian head of Houston-based oil company CAMAC. Here is how the deal went down.

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3. Dezember 2010: Erste Sitzung im Barclays Intercontinental Hotel in New York zwischen Kase Lawal, Carlos St. Mary, Dikembe Mutombo und seine drei Neffen, einen Deal zu diskutieren, um zu kaufen und weiterzuverkaufen £ 1.045 der kongolesischen Gold und teilen die Gewinne auf drei Arten . Weitere Angebote wie versprochen.

9. Dezember: St. Marien ist mit Eddy Malonga Michel in Nairobi vorgestellt. Ihm wird gesagt, dass Malonga die eigentliche „Eigentümer“ des Goldes ist. Malonga nimmt St. Mary zu einer „Raffinerie“, das Gold zu sehen und beobachten Sie es eingeschmolzen in Bars.

13. Dezember: Lawal erhöht seinen Anteil an der Gewinnaufteilung nach dem Aufstehen Nachricht, dass der Preis pro Kilo hat sich von $ 25k zu $ 28,5 gegangen. Mutombo ist nicht glücklich darüber. Lawal stimmt zu 40 Prozent des Gesamtpreises im Voraus bezahlen.

15. Dezember: St. Marien, Malonga, und zwei von Mutombo Neffen, David Kapuadi und Reagan Mutombo, inspizieren das Gold zu einem angeblichen Zolllager am Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Eine Probe wird untersucht am nächsten Tag um 92,66 Prozent rein.

18. Dezember: St. Mary Hände über $ 3.900.000 in bar an Malonga und bekommt eine Quittung.

23. Dezember: St. Marien wird von Malonga gesagt, dass die notwendigen Unterlagen, um das Gold zu exportieren werden erst nach den Ferien bereit.

4. Januar 2011: Kapuadi sagt St. Mary hat er eine Herausfallen mit Malonga, der angebliche Eigentümer des Goldes, sondern bekommt St. Mary am Telefon mit Zoe Kabila, der Bruder des kongolesischen Präsidenten Joseph Kabila, versichert ihm, dass Malonga wird kommen durch mit dem Papierkram. Wenig später ruft Malonga St. Mary und sagt, er wird durch den Papierkram 6. Januar zu haben.

5. Januar: St. Mary Sinnen etwas nicht stimmt. Ein Aufruf von Lawal führt zu einem Treffen mit dem Commissioner of Customs Kenianer, der St. Mary teilt mit, dass er betrogen worden ist. Sie prüfen das „Lager“ und finden Sie das Gold weg ist. Am nächsten Tag kehren sie zu der „Raffinerie“, aber es ist auch eingeschalt.

10. Januar: St. Mary schreibt einen Bericht mit kenianischen Polizei. Kase Lawal sagt St. Mary zu sitzen fest, weil Malonga wieder auftauchen.

17. Januar: Malonga Kontakte St. Mary zu ihm sagen, das Gold ist zurück in Goma in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo. Er sagt, er ist in Schwierigkeiten und plädiert für St. Maria auf nach Goma zu gehen, um die Transaktion abzuschließen. Kase Lawal stimmt zu, einen Anwalt und Sicherheitsbeauftragter nach Goma schicken, um sicherzustellen, dass das Produkt da ist.

21. Januar: Die beiden überprüfen das Gold ist dort auf einem Militärstützpunkt. Ein Vertrag wird unterzeichnet. St. Mary kehrt nach Houston.

29. Januar: Bei einem Treffen bei den Houston CAMAC Büro, entscheidet Kase Lawal zu St. Maria und seinem Bruder Mickey Lawal, nach Goma zu senden, um den Deal abzuschließen.

31. Januar: Auf dem Weg nach Nigeria, stoppt St. Mary in Atlanta und trifft sich mit Dikembe Mutombo und sagte ihm, dass Kase Lawal hat den Split wieder und verändert, dass Mutombo erhalten nun nur noch 10 Prozent. Er ist wütend.

3. Februar: CAMAC hat Gulfstream V landet in Goma verpachtet. Reagan Mutombo und Mickey Lawal ergriffen werden, um General Bosco Ntaganda, einer Miliz Warlord, der, dass das Gold wirklich ist, sagt er zu sehen. Er wird mit Taschen 6.600.000 $ Bargeld.

5. Februar: Der Papierkram versprochen ist bisher nicht zustande, aber das Gold wird auf den Jet geladen. Bevor es abheben kann, nehmen kongolesischen Soldaten Bord des Flugzeugs und jeder in Gewahrsam, einschließlich der Flugbesatzung. Das Gold wird beschlagnahmt.

17. März: St. Maria und die anderen Gefangenen werden an die kongolesische Hauptstadt Kinshasa verlegt, und drohte mit Strafanzeigen.

26. März: Nach dem Kase Lawal zahlt einen $ 3.000.000 in Ordnung, die Gefangenen befreit und an Bord eines Fluges nach London. Die Gulfstream wird ebenso veröffentlicht.

Zwei Monate lang wurde eine Gruppe von Texanern zusammen mit ehemaligen Houston Rocket-Dikembe Mutombo in einem Versuch zu kaufen und zu verkaufen mehr als 1.000 Pfund Gold in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo abgebaut beteiligt. Der Deal entpuppte sich als höher entwickelte Version eines Gold-Betrug, der auf zahlreiche Opfer in Kenia wurde in den letzten Jahren nicht angewendet werden. Das große Opfer war diesmal Kase Lawal, die nigerianische Leiter der Houston ansässige Ölgesellschaft CAMAC. Hier ist, wie der Deal nach unten ging.

Congo’s Corrupt Gold Trade ~ Kongos korrupter Goldhandel

The Warlord and the Basketball Star: A Story of Congo’s Corrupt Gold Trade

March 1, 2012

Story Kongos korrupten Gold-Handels – die ganze Geschichte – teilweise Deutsch

When an athlete-turned-humanitarian and an energy executive tried to buy gold in Kenya, they found themselves mired in Congo’s dangerous world of conflict minerals — and totally outmatched.

In 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association, Congo-born Dikembe Mutombo was a relentless defender, an 8-time all-star who accumulated the second-most blocked shots in the league’s history and averaged a double-double in rebounds and points in each of his first 11 seasons. Mutombo became a star — even during the NBA’s Michael Jordan-Patrick Ewing-Karl Malone golden age — because of his ability to intimidate. The 7-foot center owned the most feared and arguably most dangerous elbows in the league, and after every blocked shot, Mutombo would wave a taunting index figure at whatever hapless small forward or shooting guard had attempted to drive the lane against him.

But off the court, Mutombo was the kind of genuine role model that the decadent, late-90s NBA mostly lacked. In a time when players routinely skipped college for the pros, Mutombo finished a linguistics and diplomacy double major at Georgetown. An ugly labor dispute in 1998 convinced even many dedicated basketball fans that their favorite players were selfish and overpaid. But Mutombo, whose playing career overlapped with a horrific war that devastated his home country, dedicated himself to humanitarian pursuits. The Dikembe Mutomobo Foundation built a hospital in a poor area of Kinshasa, and Mutombo has worked with philanthropic heavyweights like the Clinton Global Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Dkembe’s heart is enormous, and his bond to the people of his beloved DRC defines him, and clearly motivates his humanitarian work,” says Caryl Stern, CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, in an email. Mutombo’s charitable work wasn’t aimed at drawing attention to himself, writes Stern. “Dikembe has proven himself to be someone who will put in the hours behind-the-scenes, away from the cameras.”

“They said ‘the general wants to see you.’”

Mutombo may be a renowned basketball player and humanitarian. But as a UN Group of Experts report published last December makes clear, he’s not much of a businessman. Mutombo had linked up with Houston-based oil executive Kase Lawal, a respected businessman whom President Barak Obama had appointed to the Federal Trade Commission’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation. According to the UN document (and as first reported by The Houston Chronicle), the two attempted to purchase what they thought was $30 million worth of gold from dealers in Kenya — only to find out that the gold (most of which was probably counterfeit) was in the possession of a notorious Congolese warlord, who ended up profiting handsomely off of Mutombo and Lawal’s blind enthusiasm and almost total lack of due diligence.

The incident provides a glimpse into the complex situation in the eastern Congo, where gold traders attempt to make quick money off of the area’s conflict-tainted mineral resources — and end up exacerbating the region’s long-standing misery. It’s a reminder that the Congo gold trade is so dirty — and so pervasive — that even these prominent Americans ended up handing millions of dollars to a warlord who is widely considered to be one of the most brutal and dangerous men in Central Africa.

•   •   •   •   •On December 2, 2010, Mutombo gathered a small group of men in a New York City hotel. He told them of an opportunity that could earn up to $20 million in a matter of weeks. His main audience was Kase Lawal, the CEO of Houston-based energy company CAMAC, and Carlos St. Mary, a former West Point football player and a trader in West African diamonds. Mutombo asked them to put together $10 million to buy, from dealers in Kenya, an unusually large amount of gold: 4.5 tons. That haul could be worth three times as much if Mutombo, Lawal, and St. Mary could arrange for it to be transported out of Africa and re-sold on the international market.

Mutumbo, though a humanitarian, presented this purely as an investment. The retired basketball star is also the titular CEO of the Mutombo International Group, a small outfit that mostly invested in retail around Atlanta. The gold must have seemed like an irresistible opportunity.

It should also have seemed too good to be true. “Immediately when you say you’ve got 4.5 tons, you pull back from the table,” recalls St. Mary, who frequently buys diamonds in countries such as Liberia and Sierra Leone. “I work in places where if people have 10 grams of gold they run down to my office front so that they can sell that. I couldn’t fathom 100 kilos, 10 kilos, let alone 4,000 kilos.”

Still, with so much money to be made, St. Mary kept listening. The story was compelling. According to the Powerpoint Mutombo presented, which St. Mary has shared with The Atlantic and can be viewed here, the retired basketball player claimed that the gold was held in a village in Kenya. He said he knew exactly where the cache was, and he implied it would be easy to buy and move.

“Mr. David [Kapuadi] and Mr. Stephane Kapuadi brought to us a time sensitive yet lucrative deal,” reads one slide of the Powerpoint. David and Stephane, who are from the family of Mutombo’s wife, were in the room for the New York meeting. The Powerpoint simply stated that the “gold is safely stored in Nairobi where Mr. David and partners are seeking a buyer.” According to the presentation, David and Stephane had personally verified that the gold was real and would be able to hand it over to any buyers immediately.

Mutombo’s presentation must have sounded promising at the time. But, reading it now, knowing how badly the deal would go, his omissions can seem glaring. He suggested that his in-laws had access to the gold, but didn’t say who actually owned it. He referred to “partners” who had some unspecified control over the gold, but didn’t say who they were or what they wanted.

When The Atlantic tried to reach Mutombo through his foundation, a representative said that neither the former basketball star nor his charitable foundation would be commenting. Kawal’s company, CAMAC, responded to similar requests with this statement: “CAMAC is a law-abiding company and we disagree with the representations made in the UN report. We have already answered questions on this and see no reason to address it further.”

St. Mary admits that he didn’t press for details during the meeting. As a family friend of Lawal’s and a longtime acquaintance of Mutombo’s, he says, he didn’t want to get pushy with either. “I probably should have looked at things a little closer,” he says, “but when you put the pedigrees of those people together there’s stuff you overlook.”

Lawal agreed to fully finance the $10 million deal and to give Mutombo and St. Mary, who would supervise the transaction, a cut of the eventual profits. Lawal immediately sent St. Mary to Nairobi on a private jet, where David Kapuadi introduced him to the mysterious “partners” from Motumbo’s PowerPoint presentation: Eddy Michel Malonga, who was named as the gold’s owner on a Kenyan export form, and a man who introduced himself only as “Benoit.” According to the UN report, Malonga is part of a Kenya-based counterfeit gold ring active throughout central Africa. “Benoit,” according to both St. Mary and the UN panel, was most likely Yusuf Omar, a counterfeit gold smuggler.

For the moment, the gold appeared to be legitimate — Malonga took St. Mary to a refinery to show him purified samples. But the sellers insisted the deal couldn’t be completed in Nairobi, according to St. Mary. The majority of the gold, they admitted, wasn’t even in Kenya. The sellers demanded a $5 million dollar deposit, then gave Lawal the choice of picking up the gold sometime later in Kampala, Uganda, or getting it immediately at Goma, the capital of long-troubled North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

If Lawal had had any idea just how costly and ethically murky this transaction was going to become, he might have backed out. But it’s understandable why he wanted to keep going. St. Mary had just handed $5 million of his money to a pair of shady gold dealers about whom they knew very little, and they still had nothing to show for it. But, with $5 million sunk already, Lawal’s enthusiasm for the deal still hadn’t dimmed.

Looking at his company’s performance that year, it’s easy to see why he would be so eager to believe things would work out. CAMAC’s stock hovered at a little over $2 a share by mid-December, down from $5.07 that April. And while CAMAC controlled over $400 million in assets, it had just $22 million on hand in November of 2010, according to public filings, only a little more than the projected $20 million Lawal thought he could make off of the gold. The company reported nearly $188 million in losses for 2010, leaving Lawal in need of an easy payday. He had an office in Kinshasa and expected that a deal in the DRC would be seamless.

According to St. Mary, Lawal didn’t think the exchange — the remaining $5 million for more than four tons of gold, which everyone still assumed was real — would take longer than a single afternoon.

Fred Robarts, an author of the UN experts report, told me that the sudden change in venue, along with the exchange of large amounts of money in Nairobi, should have been a tipoff that Lawal and Mutombo were likely being scammed. “These guys have an international network,” Robarts says of the Kenyan-based smuggling and counterfeiting ring that Omar and Malonga were a part of. “And they use quite elaborate means to convince their buyers. They have a network of people within the region who play various roles — customs officers, and so on. They can probably get a hold of fairly convincing documentation as well.”

Which they did. Before St. Mary left New York for Kenya, Reagan Mutombo, Dikembe Mutombo’s nephew, and David Kapuadi provided him with Congolese export forms authorizing the transfer of 73 grams of gold to Kenya. These forms confirmed that the gold had legally crossed an international border, and could therefore be bought and sold, in the opinion of both the Kenyan and Congolese governments.

According to the forms, the gold came from the conflict-torn Goma region of eastern Congo. In September of 2010, DRC President Joseph Kabila had imposed a domestic ban on mineral exports from the Congo’s eastern provinces, the point of origin for so-called “conflict minerals,” natural resources extracted from squalid mines whose mineral yields fund militia activity in the region. Kapuadi’s “partners” might have gotten around the ban by claiming they were re-importing gold that originated in Kenya. It is also possible that Mutombo and Lawal either didn’t know about the ban, or knew about the ban and simply didn’t care. And it’s possible that all the documentation, which also included a Kenyan “certificate of ownership” establishing Malonga as the gold’s true owner, was simply forged. “Every damn thing they had was fake,” St. Mary claims. “But it looked official.

Please read the full story on Theatlantic.com.

Hunderte Pelikane und Delfine in Peru verendet // HAARP?

Hunderte verendete Delfine an Perus Küste angeschwemmt

20.04.2012, 07:48 Uhr

In Peru sind in wenigen Wochen rund 900 verendete Delfine an Land gespült worden. Derzeit werde ermittelt, ob das hochansteckende Morbillivirus dafür verantwortlich sei, teilte das Umweltministerium in Lima mit.

Dieser Virustyp verursacht auch Krankheiten wie Masern und Hundestaupe. Die meisten verendeten Delfine waren Große Tümmler. Die Tierschutzorganisation ORCA äußerte den Verdacht, dass Ölbohrungen im Meer für das Delfin-Sterben verantwortlich sein könnten.

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Nach Delfinen auch Hunderte Pelikane in Peru verendet

Nach Hunderten Delfinen sind an der peruanischen Nordküste auch zahlreiche Pelikane verendet. Auf einer Strecke von rund 170 Kilometern hätten Fischer an den dortigen Stränden mehr als 200 der Vögel aufgefunden, berichtete die Tageszeitung „El Comercio“ gestern.

Video dazu in iptv.ORF.at

Ein Vertreter eines Fischerverbands sagte dem Blatt, einige der Pelikane hätten bei ihrer Entdeckung noch gelebt, seien aber nicht mehr zu retten gewesen.

Rätseln über Todesursache

Der Grund für das Sterben der Tiere war unklar. Erst Mitte April waren an der Küste der Region etwa 870 tote Delfine an Land gespült worden. Die peruanische Regierung leitete eine Untersuchung ein und ging in ersten Stellungnahmen von einem Virus aus.

Frakingverbot nach Erdbebenzunahme!

Danke Elke, für diesen Bericht!

Frakingverbot und Bulleyes im Wetterradar

in Frakingverbot in Arkansas soll die Bevölkerung beruhigen, die besorgt ist wegen der unglaublichen Häufung von Erdbeben. Bullaugen im Wetterradar weisen aber darauf hin, daß Fraking nicht die einzige mögliche Erklärung für die Häufung von Erdbebentätigkeit ist.

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