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Sabre illegally trafficked guns and parts to Jordan and UAE

The Daily Mail March 28, 2011

A U.S. arms company illegally trafficked assault rifles and gun parts to Jordan and UAE, a court will hear today.

Four men from Sabre Defence Industries are expected to plead guilty to the alleged fraud after reaching a deal with the U.S. government.

The Tennessee firm shipped silencers as ‘lawn mower mufflers’ and rifle barrels as ‘gear shafts’to gain an advantage in the international arms industry, according to federal court documents.

Emails seized by investigators show Sabre management dodging U.S. regulators and law enforcement by illegally moving guns and parts between 2003 and 2008.

The alleged fraud also involved the firm’s British owner and CEO Guy Savage, along with Nashville officials, using ‘phony shipping documents’ and invoices from ‘fairy land’ in sending gun parts overseas in false bottom shipping containers.  Please read the entire article here

Associated Press Canadian Press March 27, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Affidavits attached to search warrants for a Tennessee company show that illegally trafficked assault rifles and gun parts connected to the company were found in Middle Eastern countries, including Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Federal court documents unsealed Wednesday related to Sabre Defence Industries, fill in the picture of an alleged conspiracy to skirt U.S. regulators and law enforcement to gain an advantage in the international arms industry.

Four local Sabre executives charged in a 21-count federal indictment are scheduled to change their not guilty pleas Monday, The Tennessean reported.

The alleged fraud included British owner and CEO Guy Savage and Nashville officials using “phoney shipping documents” and invoices from “fairy land,” sending gun parts overseas under false bottoms in shipping containers and stamping silencers illegally imported from Finland as if they were manufactured in Nashville, according to the affidavits.

By 2007, Sabre officials were going as far as calling silencers “lawn mower mufflers” and rifle barrels “gear shafts” in their effort to fly under the radar of regulators.

Federal prosecutor John Webb confirmed that the four Tennessee defendants — President Charles Shearon, Chief Financial Officer Elmer Hill, Director of Sales Michael Curlett and International Shipping and Purchasing Manager Arnold See Jr. — have reached a plea agreement with the government.

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March 28, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Private Military Contractors | , , | Leave a comment

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