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$4.2M unfrozen for indicted Miami Beach munitions dealer
Posted on Tuesday, January 27 @ 12:47:07 PST by classiclady


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    An indicted Miami Beach weapons merchant has
    A mugshot of 22-year-old gun merchant Efraim Diveroli after his arrest on drunk driving charges on Miami Beach on March 5. He was released on $1,000 bond. The case is pending.
    recovered some of his frozen millions from the U.S. government, but he still faces fraud charges over a $10.3 million contract with the Army.

    BY JAY WEAVER

    A Miami Beach munitions dealer accused of defrauding the federal government is $4.2 million richer.

    A Miami Beach munitions dealer accused of defrauding the federal government is $4.2 million richer.

    Actually, the money already belonged to 23-year-old Efraim Diveroli. But the government froze it after Diveroli, his business, AEY Inc., and three co-workers were indicted last summer on charges of selling banned Chinese-made machine-gun rounds to the U.S. Army to supply allied forces in Afghanistan.

    Prosecutors recently agreed to unfreeze the money -- as well as return Diveroli's 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 -- after realizing the funds indeed came from some of the company's $300 million in weapons sales to the U.S. military, but none involving the Chinese munitions.

    Getting back the millions, however, is a small victory. Diveroli, whose grandfather once described him as a weapons ''genius,'' still faces charges of conspiring to sell the military $10.3 million of prohibited Chinese munitions that he and his employees tried to disguise as being made in Albania.

    Prosecutors will seek to recover the $10.3 million if they win convictions of Diveroli and the others at trial in September.

    The case centers on a Chinese-made weapons embargo passed by Congress in 1989 in response to the massacre of dissidents in Tiananmen Square. Despite normalized trade relations with China, it has remained in effect.

    Now Diveroli's lawyers are pushing to have the indictment dismissed, saying he didn't violate the U.S. embargo because the Albanians acquired the Chinese munitions during the Cold War -- some 15 to 27 years before the embargo took effect. Diveroli didn't buy them from Albania until late 2007.



    ''Despite the fact that the embargo was not imposed until 1989, the charges are based on the theory that even trading in pre-embargo munitions violates the embargo and [federal] regulation,'' defense lawyers Howard Srebnick and Hy Shapiro wrote in court papers.

    They said the government's criminal case is ``mistaken, as a matter of law.''

    But prosecutors counter that defense lawyers have created ambiguity where there is none.

    Prosecutors said a Defense Department regulation in AEY's contract prohibits suppliers from providing munitions ''acquired directly or indirectly from Communist Chinese military companies.'' They said the word ''indirectly'' applies to the company's purchase of Chinese-made weapons from the Albanian government -- regardless of the passage of time -- and its subsequent sale to the U.S. Army.

    U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard could rule on the defense's dismissal request at any time.

    In 2007, the State Department e-mailed the young Miami Beach munitions dealer to tell him that he could not sell Chinese weaponry to the U.S. government to help supply allied forces in Afghanistan, according to an indictment.

    CHINA TIE DELETED

    But Diveroli, president of AEY, and three of his employees didn't take no for an answer, prosecutors said. They even arranged to have ''Made in China'' markings removed from the wooden crates shipped to Afghanistan to conceal the origins of the weaponry, prosecutors said in court papers.

    ''In order to conceal the ammunition's true origin, the defendants repackaged the ammunition and falsely represented that it had been manufactured and originated in Albania,'' wrote Assistant U.S. Attorneys James Koukios and Eloisa Delgado Fernandez.

    The 85-count indictment charges Diveroli, his company and employees David Packouz, 26, of Miami, Alexander Podrizki, 26, of Miami, and Ralph Merrill, 65, of Salt Lake City with defrauding the United States and other procurement offenses. All are free on bond awaiting trial.

    The improbable story of Diveroli's activities broke in March 2008, when The New York Times reported that he had allegedly misled the Army by saying most of the machine-gun cartridges he sold to the U.S. Army were from former Soviet-bloc countries -- not China. The munitions were for Afghan forces fighting the Taliban and al Qaeda insurgents.

    The Pentagon suspended AEY's contract in March and terminated it in May, concluding, ``AEY violated the terms of the contract by delivering ammunition from a prohibited source.''

    ''Contrary to AEY's assertions, there is no exception for acquiring ammunition through another source from a Communist Chinese military company, regardless of when the ammunition was manufactured,'' Army procurement officer, Kim M. Jones, wrote Diveroli in May.

    The revelation that the Army was doing business with such a young adult for hundreds of millions of dollars of weaponry shocked members of Congress.

    COVERUP INQUIRY

    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, headed by then-Chairman Henry Waxman, R-Calif., conducted a June hearing that examined not only the contract but allegations that a U.S. ambassador to Albania and an Albanian defense minister may have been involved in a coverup to conceal the true origins of AEY's munitions supply.

    It's unclear whether the oversight committee, now headed by a different congressman, will revisit Diveroli's former Pentagon contract this year. Nothing has been scheduled.

    Political Row “Freezes” Albania CoE Vote

    Tirana | 27 January 2009 | Efforts by Tirana to dismiss an Albanian deputy in the assembly of the Council of Europe, CoE, have temporarily frozen Albania’s voting rights and created a political storm at home.

    Albania’s parliament speaker, Jozefina Topalli, asked the CoE in a letter to replace Aleksander Biberaj, currently the deputy head of the CoE assembly, with former justice minister Ilir Rusmajli. Topalli justified
    Albanian Parliament
    her decision saying that Biberaj, a member of Prime Minister’s Sali Berisha Democratic Party, had sought compensation for unnecessary travel expenses.

    Biberaj denied the charges, and slammed Topalli’s decision as illegal because he had been voted by parliament and could not be dismissed by her. He said that he would sue the speaker for slander

    While two envoys travelled to Strasbourg on Sunday for the same seat, the CoE assembly decided to launch a commission to investigate if the speaker’s decision was in accordance with Albania’s parliamentary rules.

    According to the one member of the delegation, the assembly in the meantime has frozen the country’s voting rights.

    Albania’s opposition Socialists accused the speaker and Berisha of staining the country’s reputation through their decision to dismiss Biberaj.

    “The decision of the CoE to freeze Albania’s voting rights is a stain, the price that Albania has to pay for the communist mentality of Prime Minister Sali Berisha,” said Socialist spokesperson Mimi Kodheli.

    “Berisha and Topalli showed us one more time that they are the leaders that we don’t deserve, and do not need,” Kodheli added.

    Former Prime Minister Ilir Meta, the head of the Socialist Movement for Integration, underlined that the decision to dismiss Bibereaj should have passed through the Albanian parliament.

    “No one should offend the personality of this country and its relationship to international organizations,” said Meta. “I don’t understand that all parliamentary procedures can be ignored in this manner, damaging Albania’s image in the world.”

    The speaker’s decision came also under fire by MPs of Berisha’s own Democratic Party.

    “Topalli has breached twice her competences and duties as parliamentary speaker, first she does not pay his expenses at a time when he was fulfilling his CoE duties, and second in the procedures of his replacement,” said deputy Besnik Mustafaj.

    “ I express my concern because the dignity of an MP has been infringed up, as has parliamentary ethic, because he has not been notified directly of the dismissal.”

    (Reporting by Besar Likmeta) Source: Balkaninsight
Published by ACLIS Jan 27, 2009

 
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