Riggs Bank (now part of PNC Financial Services)

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PNC Financial Services completed its acquisition of Riggs National Corp. in May 2005.

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22 May 2004

U.S. Investigates Oil Firms' Deals in West Africa [Equatorial Guinea]

Author: Ken Silverstein, Los Angeles Times

Federal investigators have been looking into American oil companies' real estate dealings in Equatorial Guinea to determine whether they have improperly benefited the country's despotic ruler...Both firms [Marathon Oil, ExxonMobil] said their dealings...

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15 July 2004

Corrupt influence by Big Oil alleged: [US] Senate panel uncovers deals in West Africa [Equatorial Guinea]

Author: David Ivanovich, Houston Chronicle

Staffers on the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations pointed to arrangements between the oil companies and entities controlled by the family of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, as well as to scholarships doled out to relatives of the...

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15 July 2004

Report rails on Riggs [Washington DC-based Riggs Bank]

Author: Elliot Blair Smith, USA TODAY

The [US Senate] hearing looked at investigators' findings that the bank served as a conduit for several large U.S. oil companies — including Amerada Hess, ExxonMobil and Marathon Oil — to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to relatives of Teodoro...

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15 July 2004

US bank [Riggs Bank] 'hid Pinochet millions'

Author: BBC News

A US Senate report has alleged that a US bank helped former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet hide up to $8m and evade efforts to seize his assets..."In 1998, when Mr Pinochet was arrested in London on charges of crimes against humanity and a court...

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15 July 2004

US Senate investigates irregular payments from ExxonMobil, Amerada Hess & Marathon Oil to president of Equatorial Guinea & his relatives

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16 July 2004

Equatorial Guinea: US Senate probe reveals massive theft of oil revenue

Author: UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

...most of the irregular payments made into a series of more than 60 Equato-Guinean accounts at Riggs Bank came from...ExxonMobil, Amerada Hess and Marathon..."It is critical to fight corruption in a part of the world with so much abject poverty," ...

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25 July 2004
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Author: Subcomité Permanente de Investigaciones del Senado de los Estados Unidos [traducción de Roberto Castillo Sandoval, en Argenpress]

La investigación del subcomité ha determinado que Riggs Bank actuó por largo tiempo como banquero personal del Sr. Pinochet y que deliberadamente le ayudó en la tarea de ocultar y trasladar sus fondos cuando él estaba sujeto a investigación y bajo...

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5 August 2004
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Author: Claudia Riquelme, Europa Press

[Chile] La medida fue adoptada en una agitada sesión parlamentaria en la que los diputados trataron el caso de las cuentas secretas que el ex gobernante de facto mantenía en el Banco Riggs de Estados Unidos (EEUU) y que fueron reveladas por el Senado...

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5 September 2004

Dollars for Guinea: how palms were greased by oil

Author: Paul Lashmar, Rebecca John, Independent [UK]

The report [US Senate Sub Committee for Investigations report into Riggs Bank] has created critical publicity for the major US oil companies which operate in the West African state [Equatorial Guinea] - including Marathon Oil, Amerada Hess and...

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7 September 2004

U.S. Oil Firms Entwined in Equatorial Guinea Deals

Author: Justin Bloom, Washington Post

The [oil] companies paid for scholarships for children of [Equatorial Guinea]'s leaders, formed business ventures with government officials, hired companies linked to [President] Obiang and rented property from government officials and their relatives...

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