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Ex-Blackwater executives finger CIA in weapons trial

Several other lawsuits filed by Contractor Employers will expose the extent to which Civilian Contractors were actually working for the CIA and the State Department in capacities that are not known to the public.

It is known that Ronco Consulting has worked for/with the CIA via the State Department .

Blackwater/Academi has banked more than $2 billion from security and training contracts with various federal agencies, including the CIA, since 2002. Several former CIA officials later went to work for the company.

The Virginian Pilot

Five ex-Blackwater executives, facing federal firearms charges in connection with a gift of weaponry to a Middle Eastern monarch, have come up with a new explanation for how it occured:

It was a CIA operation.

In court papers filed last month in Raleigh, the defendants say the gift of five guns to King Abdullah II of Jordan during a royal visit to Blackwater’s Moyock, N.C., headquarters in March 2005 was requested, directed and authorized by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Attorneys for the five have filed declarations from two retired CIA officials, including a former Jordan station chief, who say they are familiar with the circumstances of the king’s visit and would be willing to testify about it.

The CIA did not respond to a request for comment.

It’s a new wrinkle in a case that dates to April 2010, when the five security company executives were indicted on a variety of felony firearms charges. One key section of the indictment involved King Abdullah’s 2005 visit to Moyock, during which the monarch was presented a Bushmaster M4 rifle, a Remington shotgun and three Glock handguns.

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June 2, 2012 Posted by | Blackwater, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Ronco Consulting Corporation, Security Clearances | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sabre Defence Industries indicted in Arms Trafficking Scheme

Five Individuals and One Tennessee Company Charged with Conspiracy to Violate Arms Export Control Act and Related Offenses in International Arms Trafficking Scheme

From MsSparky

WASHINGTON – February 8, 2011 – Five individuals and a Nashville, Tenn., firearms manufacturer have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges relating to international firearms and trafficking violations of the (AECA), announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin for the Middle District of   Tennessee; Special Agent in Charge Glenn N. Anderson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives () Nashville Field Division; and Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. for Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) New Orleans Office.

The defendants named in the 21-count indictment unsealed today are , 42, a citizen of the United Kingdom; LLC (SDI-US), a Nashville-based arms manufacturer owned by Savage; , 55, of Ashland City, Tenn., and president of SDI-US; , 64, of Brentwood, Tenn., and chief financial officer of SDI-US; , 44, of Hermitage, Tenn., and director of sales for SDI-US; and Arnold See Jr., 54, of Antioch, Tenn., who is the international shipping and purchasing manager of SDI-US.   According to the indictment, the defendants were part of a conspiracy to illegally import and export regulated firearms and firearm components and technology to and from the United States.   The indictment alleges that Savage directed the illegal activities from his personal residences in the United Kingdom, as well as from a related company owned by Savage, LTD (SDI-UK), which is a licensed manufacturer, distributor and importer of firearms and firearms headquartered in the United Kingdom.

“The indictment unsealed today alleges a nearly decade-long scheme to thwart U.S. import/export restrictions on firearms and their components,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.  “The defendants allegedly went to great lengths to conceal their activities and evade U.S. laws – mislabeling packages, falsifying shipping records, and maintaining a fictitious set of books and records, among other things.  The illegal trade of firearms and their components poses serious risks and, as this case shows, we cannot and will not tolerate it.”

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February 8, 2011 Posted by | State Department | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Contractor in ammunition scheme now target of Orlando federal prosecutors

AP and Orlando Sentinal

A 24-year-old Miami Beach man accused in a scheme to illegally ship nearly $300 million in Chinese-made ammunition to Afghan soldiers is now the target of an Orlando federal criminal investigation.

Efraim Diveroli, a military contractor who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in a South Florida federal case last year, was arrested Friday.

A criminal complaint filed in Orlando charges Diveroli with two counts: possessing firearms as a convicted felon and possessing firearms by a person under indictment for a felony offense.

At a hearing Monday in Orlando federal court, a magistrate judge found Diveroli is a flight risk and ordered he be jailed pending trial.

Diveroli was president of AEY Inc., a Miami Beach firm awarded a $298 million U.S. Army contract to provide ammunition to Afghanistan.

Under the contract, ammunition exported from China was forbidden. Federal prosecutors in South Florida said AEY did it anyway, and claimed the rounds were from Albania.

Authorities said AEY bought much of the ammunition from Albania’s Military Export and Import Co., which purchased large amounts of Chinese ammunition.

AEY removed traces of the Chinese manufacturer and gave the U.S. Army written certification the ammunition came from Albania, authorities said.

Federal prosecutors in South Florida indicted Diveroli on more than 80 charges.

In August 2009, Diveroli pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and is considered a felon. He had been free from jail on bond pending his sentencing in that case, which was slated for November.

Central Florida agents began investigating Diveroli in July, when they received a tip from a local person, identified only as a “cooperating source,” who is a “federal firearms licensee,” according to the criminal complaint.

The source told an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that Diveroli called and offered a pallet of ammunition for sale. Diveroli also suggested they partner to buy and sell machineguns, the complaint said.

The source, who had no prior contact or a business relationship with Diveroli, notified ATF to report the suspicious behavior.

An ATF agent went undercover and had several conversations with Diveroli, the criminal complaint said.

During one conversation, Diveroli reportedly said he does not want direct involvement in the ammunition business, but said he keeps getting drawn back into it. “Once a gun runner, always a gun runner,” Diveroli allegedly said.

Diveroli admitted to being at a shooting range during one conversation and about a week later, said he was hunting alligators, white tail deer and hogs in the Everglades, the complaint said.

On Friday, Diveroli met with the undercover agent in Brevard County, even though he wasn’t allowed to travel there because of his pending criminal case in South Florida.

It was during that meeting that Diveroli allegedly handled several of the undercover agent’s firearms.

August 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment