*Rapper-actress Eve is caught up in a huge U.S. Senate investigation into a multi-million dollar money laundering scheme involving her on-and-off again boyfriend Teodorin Nguema Obiang.
According to ABC News, Senate investigators have spent the past three years tracking millions of foreign dollars flowing into the U.S. from the accounts of Obiang, the playboy son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.
President Mbasogo is described by ABC as a “corrupt dictator whose three-decade reign has been marked by rumors — believed to be falsely spread to incite fear — of cannibalism.”
Investigators believe most, if not all, of the millions in cash came from corruption related to the extensive oil and gas reserves off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. According to the new government report released last week, Obiang used middle men – lawyers, escrow and real estate agents, and in one case, his then-girl friend Eve Jeffers – to allegedly set up shell companies in the U.S. Through those, investigators say, Obiang wired in funds that made him able to purchase expensive cars, a $30 million Malibu estate and place a down payment on a Gulfstream jet.
According to senate investigators, Eve served as president of one of the alleged shell companies, referred to by Obiang as “Sweet Pink, Inc.,” which was evidently 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.
According to ABC News, it is unclear if the money may have also helped Obiang finance his elaborate efforts to woo Eve, which included setting up a record label and reportedly paying $700,000 to rent Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s 300-foot yacht Tatoosh for a romantic Christmas cruise around St. Barts.
Eve has responded to the government report on her Twitter account. “None of that is true,” she wrote. “Please don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. It’s negative and I don’t f*** with negativity. People tryna test me.”