Found January 16, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo is being investigated for his part in a gold-smuggling scheme in his native Democratic Republic of Congo, which could have been worth as much as $10 million dollars. According to the Houston Chronicle, Mutombo was working with Kase Lawal, a Houston energy company chairman, to smuggle 1,045 pounds of Congolese gold out of Africa and into the United States in November 2010. Due to internal sanctions in the country, the gold could not be exported in the usual manner, so Mutombo is allegedly responsible for seeking out a third party to help move it discreetly. The timing of...

Dikembe Mutombo is accused of encouraging a failed Congolese gold transaction

The lasting image of Dikembe Mutombo as an NBA All-Star, goofy guy, and well-earned reputation as a humanitarian took a huge hit on Monday with a shocking Houston Chronicle report that details the former Defensive Player of the Year's role in an alleged failed gold scheme centered around Mutombo's former Congolese home. In the Chronicle feature, based around a United Nations...

Report: Dikembe Mutombo Involved in Major Gold Scam

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni Throughout his life and basketball career, Dikembe Mutombo was known for blocking shots, wagging his finger after said blocked shots, and for doing tireless humanitarian work in the Congo. According to some business associates of Mutombo’s, Dikembe’s name and image aren’t entirely clean. They allege that the retired big man was part of a...

Dikembe Mutombo allegedly involved in sordid gold scam

Dikembe Mutombo is a guy known nearly as well for his international humanitarian efforts as his post-block finger wag. A guy well respected around the league. But this could ruin that reputation — Mutombo was at the heart of a dirty deal to move $10 million in Congolese gold out of that nation and to…

Dikembe Mutombo reportedly involved in shady gold deal gone bad

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Turns Out That African Fellow Running A Gold-For-Sale Scam Was Dikembe Mutombo

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