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Daughter of late Gabon president stole millions from father’s estate: lawsuit

A daughter of Gabon’s late President Omar Bongo has been siphoning off her father’s estate for years — squandering the money on jewelry, luxury vacations and jaunts on yachts and private jets, according to a new $50million lawsuit.

The autocrat – who was president of the oil-rich Central African country for 42 years – left hundreds of millions in his estate, which he left to 53 heirs when he died in 2009, according to the lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court.

But one of his daughters, Pascaline Mferri Bongo Ondimba, allegedly drafted a document making herself executor without the consent of her father or other heirs, according to the lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Yamilee Bongo Astier, another of the president’s 30 children, alleges her sister allegedly abused her role as executor to lie about the true size of the estate and steal money for herself, the filing says.

Pascaline has refused to show the family full will, telling them the estate’s value is only $50 million, rather than the true amount – which is hundreds of millions, according to the lawsuit.

“Pascaline misrepresented to plaintiffs the nature of the estate’s assets and omitted valuable real estate and other estate assets,” the lawsuit states.

President Nicolas Sarkozy received Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba on July 2, 2008 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.
President Nicolas Sarkozy received Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba on July 2, 2008 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.
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Rendezvous with Omar Bongo before the presidential elections on November 27, 2005 in Gabon.
Pascaline Mferri Bongo Ondimba is seen with her father in 2005.
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She then allegedly “transferred the assets” to herself, four others and two companies – all of whom are listed as defendants in the case, court filings show.

Rather than book the estate and distribute the assets, Pascaline used the money to “finance the defendants’ extravagant lifestyles,” the lawsuit says.

She allegedly used the money to pay for private jets for personal travel, vacations, jewelry, luxury goods and “homes for herself and her children” and others, the lawsuit says.

The autocrat, who was president of the oil-rich Central African country for 42 years, left hundreds of millions in his estate.
The autocrat, who was president of the oil-rich Central African country for 42 years, left hundreds of millions in his estate.
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Chilldren of late Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba sit together as dignitaries arrive to walk past their father's coffin.
Chilldren of late Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba sit together as dignitaries arrive to walk past their father’s coffin.
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Yamilee Bongo Astier and her daughter Sasha Bongo-Astier are suing for at least $50 million. The mother-daughter duo brought their case in Manhattan as they both live in New York City.

“The plaintiff respected cultural tradition and awaited a settlement of the estate for over a decade,” her attorney, Kenneth Sussmane, said in a statement to The Post. “The plaintiff reluctantly brought this lawsuit to bring this painful matter to an end.”

El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba — who was considered a dictator and the subject of multiple corruption probes — allegedly used Yamilee to funnel $2 million into New York banks because she was a Canadian citizen attending a college in the Big Apple, according to a report by The Globe and Mail, citing US Senate investigative findings.

Madame Pascaline Mferri Bongo Ondimba allegedly drafted a document making her executor without the consent of her father or other heirs.
Madame Pascaline Mferri Bongo Ondimba allegedly drafted a document making her executor without the consent of her father or other heirs.
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Four of the late ruler's other children - Grace, Betty, Arthur and Hermione Bongo - were charged with embezzlement and corruption in France in April.
Four of the late ruler’s other children – Grace, Betty, Arthur and Hermione Bongo – were charged with embezzlement and corruption in France in April.
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Her attorney said that “the Senate investigation found that there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Ms. Bongo-Astier or anyone else. Ms. Bongo-Astier later became a US citizen.”

Four of the late ruler’s other children – Grace, Betty, Arthur and Hermione Bongo – were charged with embezzlement and corruption in France in April, Agence France-Presse reported.

His son Ali Bongo Ondimba has been President of Gabon since the death of his father. He is not a party to the lawsuit.

Pascaline Bongo declined to comment. Her attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/24/daughter-of-the-late-president-of-gabon-stole-millions-from-dads-estate/ Daughter of late Gabon president stole millions from father’s estate: lawsuit

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