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George Clooney Report Sparks Australian Money Laundering Investigation Of African General

Nov. 20 2018, Updated 7:51 p.m. ET

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George Clooney helped pen a report that may have gotten a retired South Sudanese army general and his family getting into financial hot water in Australia.

According to The Age, the family of retired army general General James Hoth Mai, who who served on the Sudan People's Liberation Army (once a key faction of the Second Sudanese Civil War) from 2009 until 2014, claimed Australian welfare payments totaling almost $350,000 — despite the fact they were allegedly able to buy a luxury home in Melbourne valued at over $1 million with a check.

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As a result, police have slapped a restraining order on Mai's home Down Under and a collection of European cars he owns there.

Though Mai has fought the freeze on family assets, officials claim he and his loved ones obtained their funds through illegal means, including money laundering and corruption.

The Australian government reportedly first started looking into Mai and his finances after Clooney, 57, co-authored a report in 2016 with his non-governmental organization The Sentry, which was responsible for tracking South Sudanese military member's financial interests around the world.

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