On 19th July, an article from OCCRP said that a Romanian-Australian businessman with a history of fraud, corruption, and misleading investors appears to have received at least $650 million from a West African oil and gas deal carried out with the help of well-positioned relatives of 2 consecutive Senegalese presidents. The deal involved Vasile Frank Timis, 55, who went from being twice-convicted for possessing heroin with intent to distribute to earning a fortune in mining and petrochemical exploration deals — many in poorly governed and impoverished countries. OCCRP claims to have documents that reveal serious irregularities, and potential illegal conduct, related to deals.
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