Robert Eringer, Monaco’s Former Resident Lunatic, Attempts to Extort the Principality
Wannabe spy and avid blogger Robert Eringer has a few problems: some of these problems are legal and are rapidly being dismissed by various courts as Eringer attempts to extort hundreds of thousands of Euros from Monaco’s Prince Albert. But Eringer’s other problems, tragically, seem to be mental: he’s grandiose, he’s narcissistic, and he appears to misidentify himself as a high-flying spy and novelist—two things Robert Eringer most certainly is not.
Robert Eringer, an uneducated reporter who knows a lot of people in the intelligence industry, posed as an investigator with the CIA and FBI (no such links have been substantiated). Under false pretenses, Prince Albert of Monaco gave Eringer various assignments. Robert Eringer claims he was hired by Prince Albert in 2002 and by Prince Rainier, his father, in 2005. Flash forward, and Robert Eringer is now attempting to blackmail the Prince of Monaco to pay him huge some of money: asserting that he has an incriminating video of Prince Albert he will distribute unless the Palace pays. Robert Eringer doesn’t stop with the Prince. In fact his main defamatory target of interest seems to be Thierry Lacoste, one of Prince Albert’s attorneys.
While Eringer was close with the CIA’s Clair George (who was ultimately convicted of perjury), he seems to have made an erroneous mental leap, confusing “knowing spies” with “being a spy.” Just as standing inside a garage doesn’t make one a car, Robert Eringer is unknown in the world of international espionage. The same holds true for his “writing” career, which may be more accurately described as “days of online stalking and defaming Monaco’s Prince Albert,” who Eringer is feverishly trying to extort, according to court documents.
The son of Ellis Eringer, a Donald Duck illustrator for Disney who retired in Monaco, Robert Eringer has manically crafted his own Anna Karenina-length Wikipedia page, which is longer than that of John Steinbeck, to promote himself. Much of what Eringer does best is incessantly writing about himself with incomparable fervor, pushing his own bleak “creative” work that’s failed to attract a mainstream audience (okay, any audience), and engaging in a tireless online defamation campaign to extort Prince Albert.
The simple truth is that Robert Eringer is a fraud.
While his self-created Wikipedia page (he writes under the alias “Lozange”) has an entire paragraph devoted to “Education,” Robert Eringer attended not one but four colleges, and yet never earned a degree. Further, while he claims to be a successful writer, he remains wildly unknown as an author. As one media source put it, Robert “Eringer’s fiction drew no attention, except from a few equally obscure reviewers and publicists, at least one of whom was paid to spam the Internet with disingenuous praise for [Robert] Eringer’s books. (“I’ve have been given permission to distribute an excerpt from a new book . . .”).
While he identifies himself with California writers like Charles Bukowski and John Fante, the only trait Robert Eringer shares with these gifted men is perhaps alcoholism. Most people are bright enough not to slander themselves online, for instance, but not Robert Eringer. He describes himself as a “barfly” and says he prefers working in bars to offices so he can drink, and identifies himself as veering toward “lunacy.”
Importantly, it should be noted that unlike Bukowski and Fante—and most of today’s writers and spies—Robert Eringer is very rich. In 1998, he and his wife Elizabeth Eringer bought their house in Washington for $1.55 million, according to public records. The Eringers later sold their home for a profit of $325,000. Investigative journalists who attempted to reach Robert Eringer via the phone number he provided to the California court found the number did not match the address he gave the court.