PUBLISHED:10:49 EST, 15 November 2012| UPDATED:14:50 EST, 15 November 2012
Socialite Jill Kelley tried to cash in on her ‘honorary consul’ title by asking for $80m for her help in putting together an energy deal.
She asked for two per cent of a multi-billion deal being considered by an alternative energy company called TransGas Development Systems.
Kelley, 37, was even flown to New York by the company so she could learn more about the business.
But according to company president Adam Victor he realised she didn’t have a clue about commercial deals when she asked for the eight figure sum for brokering any deal.
Victor said he met Kelley at the Republican Convention in Tampa in September where she boasted about her close contacts with General David Petraeus.
She also told him she was honorary consul for South Korea and Victor admitted he thought her links with officials from the country could help his business.
‘When I met with (her), she seemed extremely interested in coal gasification,’ Victor said.
He told the Tampa Tribune that he flew Kelley to New York to learn more about his company’s clean coal technology and believed her close ties to Petraeus could help win energy contacts in South Korea.
Victor said he was shocked when Kelley, who owes millions to the bank and in credit card debt, asked for two per cent of any deal that was signed.
The energy chief said he was so taken back by the demand that he began to question her experience in putting together deals. He also cut all ties with her.
A spokesman for Kelley said she was not aware of TransGas.
Meanwhile, South Korean officials are now examining if Kelley should retain the title ‘honorary consul’
‘We are looking at what is going on around her,’ said Tae-jin Kim from the South Korean embassy.
Jill Kelley sports an ‘Honorary Consul’ license plate on her silver Mercedes – which she has erroneously claimed gives her special privileges
‘I think there is a possibility we will review her status.’
Kelley parades around Tampa in a silver Mercedes with the licence plate “Honorary Consul”.
She also tried to ask for diplomatic protection after her name first became linked to the downfall for former CIA director Petraeus.
Losing her honorary consul status will be another slap in the face for Kelley who has already had her pass to the MacDill Air force base revoked.
That was far from the first time that Kelley ruffled feathers at the military base, as the wife of General John Allen, the top military commander under investigation for sending ‘flirty’ emails to a Florida party organizer, was unhappy about their close friendship.
Kathy Allen complained to the wife of a civil liaison officer at Central Command in Tampa about the number of emails her husband was receiving from socialite Jill Kelley.
Jill Kelley with her husband Dr. Scott Kelley (left and right) at social functions in Tampa, Florida before the David Petraeus scandal struck
Kelley, who revelled in her close links to senior military men, was warned several times to stop bombarding the general with emails.
Mark Rosenthal, a civil liaison officer for the MacDill Air Force base in Tampa where Central Command is based, said he was appalled by the flirty behavior of Kelley at lavish parties she hosted in her $1.3million home.
‘I called her probably three times and told her not to send any more emails,’ he told the Tampa Tribune.
‘I thought it was ridiculous. Who the hell is she. These guys are protecting the world.’
The scathing portrayal came as Jill Kelley’s husband Dr Scott Kelley was pictured for the first time today since being dragged into the media spotlight.
Dr Kelley, a renowned cancer surgeon, was seen leaving his house, the first time since his wife Jill Kelley was revealed as the lynchpin of an FBI investigation that led to CIA director David Petraeus’ resignation over an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell.
The surgeon looked tired as he left home in Tampa, Florida wearing a shirt and tie. As he made his way to his car, he glared at the photographers who have been camped outside his mansion for several days.
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