Inge Bongo once rented a home from Sean "P. Diddy" Combs for $25,000 per month and was seen on a VHI program "Really Rich Real Estate" shopping for a $25 million dollar home in California.
Now estranged from her husband, she is speaking out against what she said was massive corruption of the oil wealth in the country. She told ABC News that the Bongo family "wakes up in the morning and decide what are they going to buy, but it's at the expense of their character."
"Shop and shop and shop," said Inge. "They charter 747s and fill them. Everybody would get an envelope and you could buy your car and whatever you want. There were fleets of Porsches."
Oil-rich Nigeria and Angola are also featured in the report. The American wife of former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar helped him transfer more than $40 million dollars into U.S. banks. Pierre Falcone, a well-known Angolan arms dealer with close ties to the Angolan government, is currently serving six years in French prison for illegal arms dealing, tax fraud and money laundering. The report finds that over the course of 10 years, he used U.S. banks in Arizona to move millions of dollars around to various world-wide accounts.
In all of these countries, the general population lives in abject poverty– many live off as little as $2.00 per day.
The committee says that U.S. laws need to be strengthened in order to keep corrupt funds out of the United States, and hold foreign governments more accountable. "These four case histories demonstrate the need for the United States to strengthen its…controls to prevent corrupt foreign officials, their relatives and close associates from using U.S. professionals and financial institutions to conceal, protect and utilize their ill gotten gains."