FBI Invoked Gabons Leader in Anti-Bribery Sting
- .......The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee on investigations included a case history of Gabon in its February report, "Keeping Foreign Corruption out of the United States."
Investigators found that Omar Bongo used an American lobbyist to bring $18 million in suspect funds into the U.S. financial system to purchase U.S.-built armored cars and to obtain U.S. authorization to buy U.S.-built C-130 aircraft.
According to the report, Omar Bongo used a series of shell companies and off-shore accounts to transfer millions to a U.S. Lobbyist, Jeffery Birrell, and others. Birrell, who refused to cooperate with the investigation, received at least $600,000 for his efforts, the report said.
While the sale of the C-130 aircraft did not not go through, Bongo was able to acquire a number of armored H2 Hummer vehicles, an unarmored stretch H2 limousine, and a Cadillac Deville.
The report also said that Birrell transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars to the bank accounts of several "consultants" for unexplained services.......