Former Houston resident accused of trying to help Gadhafi's son


by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News

Posted on December 8, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 9 at 12:01 AM

HOUSTON -- A man who lived in Houston for years is now at the center of an international criminal plot.

Pierre Flensborg is a Danish national, accused of trying to help one of the sons of fallen Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

According to those who know him, the six-minute YouTube video is a perfect representation of Flensborg -- virtually all pictures of himself. 

"He definitely fancies himself as being charming. But he is full of smoke," said John Ford.

Ford lives in the same townhome complex that Flensborg did, just off the trendy Washington Avenue here in Houston.

He also knew Flensborg from the local club scene, always looking for the next big thing.

"He was always shifty and shady about stuff like that. Always talking about new deals and where he was going to make all this money. You never really got a straight answer from him," Ford said.

Now Flensborg is one of four people in custody in Mexico, charged with attempting to sneak al-Saadi Gadhafi, one of the surviving sons of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, into Mexico.

Flensborg and three others are accused of purchasing properties near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta for Gadhafi and his family. They are also accused of getting them fake passports, and setting up bank accounts.

"It surprises me, but it doesn’t really surprise me that much if you think about it. He definitely wanted to hit it big somehow. I guess he just went the wrong direction on it. I wouldn’t put anything past him. I absolutely would not. I know for a fact that he would tell you anything to get what he wanted," said Ford.

Ford said that Flensborg left Houston about a year ago and had been living in California prior to his arrest.