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

Author: Ken Silverstein, Los Angeles Times, Published on: 22 May 2004

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 in Equatorial Guinea had been proper and lawful...Interest in the land deals grew out of a money-laundering inquiry involving accounts held by Equatorial Guinea at Riggs Bank in Washington. [also refers to Abayak, ChevronTexaco, Devon Energy, Amerada Hess]

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Related companies: Chevron Devon Energy ExxonMobil Grupo Abayak Hess Corporation Marathon Oil Riggs Bank (now part of PNC Financial Services)