And prosecutors say Teodorin tried to get Houston-based Ocean Energy to buy him a $65 million C-130 Hercules military transport plane for his personal use in 2004, but the company refused. Ocean Energy later merged with Devon Energy , which pulled out of West Africa in 2007. The filing says Teodorin laundered money through shell companies in the U.S. with the help of two California attorneys, Michael Berger and George Nagler, who have not been charged with wrongdoing. Both attorneys declined to comment about their work for Teodorin when CNBC contacted them earlier this year.
An attorney for Teodorin did not respond to a request for a comment about the new allegations, but in an interview for the CNBC documentary, Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Anatolio Ndong Mba, accused critics of a hidden agenda to seize the country’s oil.
“You see a group of people just sitting in a cafeteria, look across the world, and say, ‘Hey, in certain point in Africa, you have a very small country having a lot of oil. Those monkeys there, they don't have the right to have this oil. Let's go and take it from them so that we can enjoy it ourselves,’” Mba said in February.Page 3 of 4 | Prev Page | Next Page