Monday, April 6, 2015


One of my contractors, a former CIA clandestine officer, had been investigating—for the private sector—the illegal movement of Iraqi and Libyan oil, which implicated Monaco residents Samy Maroun and Rui de Sousa.  

This operative also provided me with intelligence on a shady Frenchman named Patric Maugein, who linked to Messer’s Maroun and de Sousa in illegal oil deals transacted through their Monaco-based companies.  

Maugein—reputed to be French President Jacques Chirac’s bagman, collecting money from Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, among others—was a violent thug who had contracted the shooting on a Paris street of a doctor he believed was having an affair with his wife.  

The relationship between Chirac and Maugein was said to be so close that when the French president’s mentally unstable daughter suffered a breakdown in the 1980s it was Maugein who checked her into a Swiss asylum in Lausanne and covered the ten thousand dollar per week medical bills.  

As a young man, embarrassed by his 5’6” height, Maugein had his legs broken and extended two inches.  More recently, he had undergone penis enlargement.

While I was busy networking in Washington D.C., Samy Maroun was urging the Prince to meet Maugein on the basis that “he has good ideas for Monaco.”   

However, based upon our intelligence, Albert declined, and no such introduction ever took place.  

I happily chalked this up as our first success in service to the Prince.

In the midst of this, our contact at the UK's SIS requested my presence for another drink.  

With regard to liaison status, he said, “It’s yes and no, no and yes.”

I asked what that meant, fully appreciating the opaqueness of our business.

“We cannot work with you because you’re not official,” he said.   “But,” he added bluntly, “we would like to meet the Prince and cut you out of the loop.”

“Yes and no, no and yes,” I replied.  “You may meet the Prince, but I must also be present.” 

So we agreed to proceed unofficially on a “case-by-case” basis, the first case being one of significant interest to SIS:  Jacques Chirac’s bagman, Patric Maugein, and the illegal trading of embargoed oil from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Samy Maroun, Rui de Sousa, and Patric Maugein had been running a major embargo-busting scam.  

Good intelligence suggested that they were engaged in “super-loading” oil tankers.  That is, buying oil from Iraq at seven dollars a barrel, disguising it as Iranian oil, and selling it for fourteen dollars a barrel, with transfers taking place at sea in the Strait of Hormuz.

We apprised the Prince of potential embarrassment to the principality if such criminal activities were exposed in the media.

Meantime, Patric Maugein had visited Baghdad, ostensibly for a trade show, but in fact to sell a guidance system for SCUD missiles through Algeria to Saddam, pre-war.  

The Prince informed me Samy Maroun again attempted to introduce him to his shady business associate Maugein and, again, he declined, having decided such a meeting “will not happen.”  

This was excellent news as both CIA and SIS were, by this time, all over Maugein and the role he played as bagman between Jacques Chirac and Saddam Hussein. 

Later, Allied forces discovered documents in Iraq linking Patric Maugein to Saddam Hussein, who had wired six hundred thousand dollars each month to a European bank account belonging to Maugein—presumably for Jacques Chirac.  

Moreover, ex-Iraqi Prime Minister Tariq Aziz revealed under interrogation that Maugein received five million dollars from Iraq for Chirac’s presidential campaign, adding that the Iraqis believed Maugein was Chirac’s nephew.

Samy Maroun, the Prince told me, was still trying to put him together with Patric Maugein, saying things like, “He is close to Chirac” and “he has ideas for better business in Monaco.”   

The Prince rebuffed him.  

The system, I felt confident, was working.
Three weeks later, Patric Maugein’s name was all over the news in France.  He had reportedly received twenty-five million barrels of oil from Iraq—a value of $12.5 million. 

The (UK) Sunday Times called it “oil on Chirac’s face.”

Knowing the media was about to expose this scandal, and that interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy had assembled a team of financial police to investigate him, Maugein fled to Kazakhstan, where he had already parked ill-gotten gains, embarking on a new scheme to woo President Nazabayev and the president’s daughter, who wished to succeed her ailing father. 

Privy to Jacques Chirac’s corrupt entanglements with Saddam Hussein, Maugein later died in Paris, to which he had returned when things turned ugly for him in Kazakhstan.  

He was only fifty years old.  

Official cause of death:  cancer.  

The timing of Maugein’s death was certainly convenient for Chirac, who would soon step down as president and no longer enjoy immunity from prosecution for corruption.

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