Increasing interest in Coupfourpointfive's story about the Ghanian at the centre of the alleged fraud case involving Renee Lal and Ben Padarath.
Lal and Padarath were busted after they tried to get Paul Kofi Freeman deported by telling authorities he had HIV and it came out Frank Bainimarama's name was somehow used to swindle money.
Both Lal and Padarath have been dealt to by authorities and the spotlight is now zooming in on other players and enablers, notably Freeman but also the law firm, Lal worked at - Jamnadas Associates.
Comments coming in suggest there is some sympathy for Freeman, just as there is speculation about the work the Jamnadas law firm did for Freeman.
Coupfourpointfive is continuing its investigation into the dealings between the parties but can reveal today a little bit more about the mystery Ghanian businessman.
We understand he came to Fiji from Ghana where he was promoting boxing and helping local pugilists get visas to other countries and better opportunities.
Fellow country man and boxer, Joseph Kwadjo, who is now well-established on the Pacific circuit, was his ticket to Fiji. From there he got to know Boxing Commissioner, Tim Nobriga, who according to one source showed him how to wiggle his way around Fiji.
Freeman's resume suggests he's well connected in the world of oil exploration but this has been challenged by some locals (Coupfourpointfive March 1.) who say he is an impostor.
Sources have told us he was a key cog in an incorporated company by the name of South Pacific Natural Resources Limited.
It's believed the shareholders were Freeman (fixer and commission agent), Tim Nobriga (failed businessman in Southern Cross Management for oil exploration), Ben Padarath (real estate agent), Martin Kamandu (a US registered nurse), and a Dr Macharia Irungu, who Freeman said was an oil tycoon from Oilibya.
Sources say difficulties arose between the shareholders resulting in the shareholding being reduced to Freeman and Kamandu only.
Another source has since suggested Freeman told Bainimarama he had money from a United States loan to invest but the money came from Kamandu.
But doubts have been raised about Kamandu, a nurse who apparently earns $30k a year, having the capacity to come up with the millions of dollars needed for investment in oil exploration.
Coupfourpointfive has tried to discuss this with Freeman but he seems to have gone to ground after telling us he was not, as originally, believed exploring for oil in Bau waters.