Fla. Arms Dealer Faces Prison in Pentagon Fraud

By: AP
By: AP

MIAMI (AP) --

A Florida arms dealer who admitted defrauding the Pentagon in a $300 million ammunition contract is facing prison time.

A federal sentencing hearing was set Monday, Jan. 3, in Miami for
25-year-old Efraim Diveroli and other executives in his AEY Inc.
Diveroli could get five years behind bars after pleading guilty to
fraud conspiracy in August 2009.

Prosecutors say Diveroli plotted to illegally ship about 90
million rounds of Chinese-made ammunition to Afghan forces allied
with the U.S. The Pentagon contract prohibited acquisition of
Chinese military gear. The ammunition was repackaged to appear as
if Albania was its source.

Diveroli also pleaded guilty in November to possessing weapons
as a convicted felon. Sentencing for that is set Jan. 25 in
Orlando.


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  • by what a world Location: usa on Jan 3, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    with a name like that. he might be from the middle east.
  • by uneployed Location: ga on Jan 3, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    supprised it was even caught. cheat the tax payers out 300 million and may get 5 years. i am in the wrong line of uneployment.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    That is hilarious, they were dealing with a convicted felon who was allowed to make multi million dollar arms deals...with the Pentagon, WOW!
  • by CJ Location: Tally on Jan 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Only 5 years? You get more than that if the cops find pot in your car. I'd trade 5 years in an air conditioned prison with TV and room service for $300 million dollars.
  • by localboy Location: Tally on Jan 3, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    Lee -- exactly my thoughts.
  • by Lee on Jan 3, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    So the pentagon contracted with a convicted felon....imagine that they got screwed.....Your tax dollars at work
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