Rapper/actress Eve has reportedly been named in an ongoing investigation involving foreign corruption.
The first lady of the Ruff Ryders crew is being linked to an alleged relationship that she had with millionaire Teodorin Nguema Obiang. Obiang, son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, has been accused of illegally transferring millions of dollars into his American banking account. Investigators believe that most, if not all, of the millions in cash came from corruption related to the massive oil and gas reserves off the coast of the tiny West African country.
ABC News is reporting that Obiang used middle men – lawyers, escrow and real estate agents, and in one case, his then-girl friend – to allegedly set up shell companies in the U.S. Through those, investigators say, Obiang wired in funds that enabled him to buy luxury cars, a $30 million Malibu estate and place a down payment on a Gulfstream jet.
It is unclear if the money may have also helped Obiang finance his elaborate efforts to woo Eve, which included setting up a record label and reportedly paying $700,000 to rent Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen's 300-foot yacht Tatoosh for a romantic Christmas cruise around St. Bart’s.
Eve has gone on social networking site Twitter to express her innocence.
“None of that is true,” Eve wrote. “Please don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. It’s negative and I don’t [mess] with negativity. People are trying to test me.”