|Isabel dos Santos|
Sonoran Policy Group is representing Isabel dos Santos, the eldest daughter of Angola's former president, who has been charged with running a massive embezzlement and corruption scheme while she headed Sonangol, the state-owned oil company.
Forbes once called her Africa’s richest woman, estimating her wealth at $3.5B.
The US State Department slapped travel restrictions on dos Santos last year, charging her with “involvement in significant corruption by misappropriating public funds for her personal benefit.”
Interpol issued an arrest warrant for dos Santos in November.
Dos Santos hired SPG on December 1, to “engage with the US Government to expose the human rights crimes and abuses of Angolan president Joao Lournco” and to perform other duties upon request.
Lourenco was the hand-picked successor to Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who stepped down in 2017 after ruling Angola for 38 years. He died in July.
Lourenco has vowed to fight corruption and to recover any ill-gotten gains.
Dos Santos, 49, claims she is the victim of a political prosecution by Lourenco, who sees her as a potential presidential candidate.
SPG’s agreement called for a $125K payment upon signing the pact and the work will continue until it is terminated by either party via thirty days written notice.