U.S. Arms Dealer Guilty of Illegally Supplying Chinese-Made Surplus Ammunition
MIAMI, FL – -(Reuters)- A U.S. arms dealer who illegally supplied Chinese-made ammunition to Afghanistan under a Pentagon contract pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy charge and the U.S. government dropped 84 other counts, court documents said.
Efraim Diveroli, 23, of Miami Beach, Florida, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the charge of conspiring to defraud the United States and make false statements. Sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 10.
Diveroli’s Miami Beach-based company, AEY Inc, held a $298 million Pentagon contract to supply munitions to the Afghan government. The contract barred the company from shipping ammunition acquired directly or indirectly from a “Communist Chinese military company.”