Was Eve Involved in a Foreign Money-Laundering Scandal?
Did rapper/actress Eve get herself involved in a corruption scandal, in which foreign money is being cleansed through the U.S. financial system?
Reports are indicating that she may have, and just might have to answer to the U.S. Senate.
According to ABCNews.com, the U.S. Senate has been investigating a massive money-laundering operation, in which Teodorin Nguema Obiang (son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea) had been moving millions in foreign currency through the American financial system through shell companies set up under the names of lawyers, real estate agents, and in one case, his then-girlfriend Eve (real name: Eve Jeffers).
The Senate has spent over three years tracking money flowing into the U.S. from the accounts of Eve's on-and-off again boyfriend Teodorin Nguema Obiang. Most of that money, investigators believe came from corruption related to the massive oil and gas reserves off the coast of the tiny West African country.
Obiang allegedly wired funds to make huge transactions such as a $30 million Malibu estate, a down payment on a Gulfstream jet, and in one occurrence, spending $700,000 to rent Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen's 300-ft. yacht (Tatoosh) for an outing with Eve.
While lawyers have been summoned before the Senate to explain the creation of some of these shell companies, Eve also showed up on the report, as the president of one of these shell companies -- called "Sweet Pink, Inc."
The company was reportedly set up in late 2005 "to employ individuals at the home [Obiang] maintained before he purchased the Malibu Property and to handle payroll and other matters related to the employment of those individuals," according to the report.
At press time, Eve's camp had yet to respond. And, the current status of her relationship with Obiang is unclear.