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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