Mutombo investigated for gold-smuggling

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.

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