Woyanne minister of state for foreign affairs and dictator Meles Zenawi’s chief money launderer Berhane Gebrekristos is offering his Dallas, Texas, gas station for sale after running into problems, according to Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources.
Our sources informed us that Berhane Gebrekirstos hired a former TPLF member named Hailu Mesay to manage the gas station for him after he bought it a couple of years ago. Hailu’s name is registered as president of Mockingbird Skillman, Inc., a front corporation used by Berhane.
Before becoming president of Mockingbird Skillman, Inc., Hailu was struggling to pay his apartment rent, according to those who know him in Dallas.
When Berhane suspected that Hailu was siphoning off money from the gas station, he told him to come to Addis Ababa. When Hailu arrived in Addis Ababa, he was placed under arrest. We spoke with his wife a few weeks ago, who told us he is still in Addis Ababa and she doesn’t know if he comes back.
Berhane might have arrested Hailu only on suspicion. A gas station employee informed us that business is low and the station is not making money because of the Shell Gas Station right next to it.
Berhane’s ownership of this gas station demonstrates the sophisticated schemes that the Woyanne junta and its khat-addicted leader use to launder money out of Ethiopia.