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US government seeks $70 million in allegedly ill-gotten funds from Equatorial Guinea official
LOS ANGELES (AP) ' The U.S. government has filed civil forfeiture complaints accusing the son of Equatorial Guinea's president of corruption and seeking recovery of more than $70 million.
Two complaints, filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C. and unsealed in Los Angeles, say Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (MAN-gay), a government minister in Equatorial Guinea, used his position to profit through money laundering and corruption.
Authorities believe Mangue amassed more than $100 million and spent some of the money on a Malibu mansion, a Gulfstream jet and nearly $2 million in Michael Jackson memorabilia.
Mangue is the son of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
An email message left for Purificacion Angue Ondo, Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to the U.S., was not immediately returned.