A Former Cowboy is Suing Mavs Great Rolando Blackman Over Alleged African Gold Scam

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After leaving the Mavericks as the club's all-time leading scorer, pre-Dirk of course, Rolando Blackman has bounced around a bit. He spent a couple of seasons with the Knicks and a couple more playing in Europe before finally retiring to the sidelines. Some of those sidelines were at the American Airlines Center, where he served for a stretch as a Mavs assistant. Others were overseas, where he was an assistant coach to the German and Turkish national teams.

Now, Blackman can add another line to his post-Mavs resume: alleged African gold scammer.

That's the claim in a lawsuit filed Monday in Dallas County District Court by former Cowboy Nathaniel Jones. In the suit, first reported by Courthouse News, Jones says that Blackman and an SMU-trained engineer named David Mureeba convinced the former football player to invest $150,000 in Mureeba's East Africa Power & Energy Uganda Ltd.

The company, despite its name, is based in Dallas in a nondescript office suite at LBJ and Montfort that it seems to share with another Mureeba venture, Global Electro-Comm. International. The companies' shared phone number is disconnected, but East Africa Power & Energy's website describes it as a startup "organized for the purposes of launching a Bio Diesel, Bio-Energy and Bio-Chemical industry in Uganda."

It's also, according to the suit, somehow involved in the gold business, which is what Jones was investing in. His money was supposed to help finance an initiative to airlift gold and other precious metals from Tanzania to Belgium for refining. Jones says that Blackman and Mureeba guaranteed him a four-percent return.

The promised returns never materialized, nor, Jones alleges, did the original $150,000 investment. Silence followed Blackman and Mureeba's May 2012 trip overseas. When Jones made inquiries about his investment four months later, he received only a note from Blackman's attorney insisting that the former Mav had no connection to the supposed gold deal and to please kindly refrain from contacting him or "disparaging or making false statements about Mr. Blackman."

Mureeba was no more helpful. This past January he reportedly told Jones the gold-shipping initiative had become "complicated." When Jones sent a formal demand letter the next month asking for the return of his investment, he received no reply. Hence, the lawsuit.


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I know where the money went:

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Dear Respected Sir,

By way of introduction , I am Dr. Ben Mboye, a Uganda national. I was the Permanent Secretary of Defense & Accounting Officer in Uganda. One of my reasons for contacting you is to share my joy with you that I have been exonerated and cleared by Hon Justice Julie Sebuntinde from the probe that involves three junk Chopper Helicopter purchased from Russia. My second reason is to ask you about the possibility of investing in your country that I believe we can embark upon together.

Due to the strong campaign by President Yowery Museveni to subdue the rebel forces of Joseph Kony in my country, directive was given in 1997 for the need to purchase some fresh arms and ammunitions abroad, which includes 3 MI-24 Chopper Helicopter Gunship that have night vision and anti-missile devices from Russian. When my superiors in authority concluded the negotiation for the purchases, I was told to prepare a "contract" for the purchases of the Helicopters, which I did as the Permanent Secretary of Defence and Accounting Officer. It will amaze you to hear that after the Belarusian suppliers delivered the three MI-24 Helicopters to Uganda, inspection was carried out and it was discovered that the three MI-24 helicopters were junks. Further investigation revealed that Lt. Gen. Salim Saleh who is a younger brother to the President and his Aide-de-Camp (Mr. Ruyondo) connived with the Russian company to supply helicopter that are almost out of service (junks) and they were not overhauled for selfish financial gains.

When Hon Justice Julie Sebuntinde probed the case, a report was released stating that The Chief of Logistics and Engineering, The Minister of State for Defence and myself have been exonerated and cleared from the offence.   Nevertheless, I lost my job and was prohibited from participating in public services.

PLEASE NOTE: In my long years of service to my country, I was able to acquire valuable fixed assets and substantial amount of money. Why the probing of the case was going on, I was advised by my Lawyer to sell off all my acquired properties that worth million of American dollars and also to withdraw my money from my bank account to save them from being frozen and confiscated. Due to the necessity for to lie low, I delegated power to my closest aide Mr. Paul king  to be in charge of my projects.   

The money realized from the sales of my properties was added to the money that was withdrawn from my account and the total amount was US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Since I could not lodge this fund into any bank account for fear of being traced, the money was packaged and deposited with a Security Company that belong to a Holland national, based in South Africa for safekeeping. The funds are security coded and well packaged in a sealed luggage to prevent them from knowing the content. Arrangement is going on for the money to be moved from its current location to an affiliate security company in Europe by Mr. Paul King who is currently in The Netherlands to transact this business with you since I want my identity to be kept out of the money.

What I want from you at this moment is to indicate your interest and willingness to receive this money for investment purposes in your country. You are going to work hand-in-hand with Mr. Paul King whom I have authorised to send this proposal to you in The Netherlands. As soon as you receive this email, you are advised to contact him on his email address: (xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx) .He will let you know the modalities to claim the funds and also give you his phone number when you contact him. You will assist me in the investment of this money, but I will not want my identity revealed. I will also want to buy properties and stocks in multi-national companies and to engage in other safe and non-speculative investments with your assistance. At this point, I want to emphasise the high level of confidentiality, which this business demands and hope you will not betray the trust and confidence that I repose on you. As soon as I receive your response, we will discuss other modalities including remuneration for your services. You can also reach me true Mr Paul King.

As you already know, time is of great essence in this transaction, kindly confirm your telephone and fax number Mr. Paul King. Bear in mind that this project can be concluded within five days if you are prompt in your response.

Kind personal regards,

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Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Investment deal in Uganda facilitated by a former athlete went bad? No way.

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