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Efraim Diveroli, AEY, Sentenced for Defrauding the Defense Department

The sale of banned Chinese ammunition to the U.S. Army in Afghanistan landed the 25-year-old from Miami Beach in trouble, and led to his guilty plea.

Efraim Diveroli after his arrest for drunk driving on Miami Beach in 2008. MIAMI-DADE

BY JAY WEAVER at The Miami Herald

jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

Efraim Diveroli, an arms-dealing wunderkind from Miami Beach who had scored a $300 million munitions contract with the Pentagon, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison by a federal judge who scolded him for a life of deception, gambling and substance abuse.

Diveroli, now 25, captured the attention of Congress when he was arrested in 2008 on charges of selling banned Chinese ammunition to the U.S. Army to supply Afghan forces fighting insurgents. He pleaded guilty the next year to one count of conspiring to defraud the Department of Defense.

“It is a sad day when anyone values their self-worth by a dollar sign,” U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard told Diveroli, whose emotional sentencing was attended by about 50 family members and supporters.

“If it wasn’t so amazing, you would laugh that such a young man could attain such responsibilities,” she said, noting he won the massive military contract when he was only 21 years old.

“But to participate in such a fraud when people are putting their lives on the line, it makes it so much sadder,” she said. “It makes the heart ache. And all for money.”

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January 4, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Department of Defense, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , ,

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