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FBI Sting Nabs 22 People Suspected of Bribing Foreign Officials

In what the Justice Department calls the largest single investigation and prosecution of individuals in the history of the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 22 people were arrested in an undercover sting operation aimed at schemes to bribe a foreign official.

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-two executives and employees at suppliers to the military and law enforcement agencies were arrested on the eve of their industry's annual trade show in Las Vegas after a 2 1/2-year undercover sting operation aimed at schemes to bribe a foreign official.

The Justice Department called the case the largest single investigation and prosecution of individuals in the history of the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars bribery of foreign government officials. It also is the first large-scale use of an undercover operation in enforcing the corrupt practices act.

In a briefing for reporters, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, said there are more than 140 open investigations under the act.

Twenty-one of the 22 people caught up in the case were arrested in Las Vegas, where they were preparing to attend the 2010 Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show, a convention with more than 55,000 attendees at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. The convention started Tuesday.

Charged are people at companies in eight states and executives at companies in the United Kingdom and Israel.

The defendants allegedly agreed to pay a 20 percent commission to a sales agent they believed represented the defense minister for an African country. They were trying to win a multimillion-dollar deal to outfit the presidential guard.

The sales agent was actually an undercover FBI agent, and no defense minister was involved at all.

In Las Vegas, word of the arrests came as a surprise to show organizers, said Mark Thomas, marketing and communications manager for the show host, the National Shooting Sports Foundation of Newtown, Conn. Thomas referred questions about the arrests to the FBI and Justice Department.

Those charged worked for companies in Arkansas, Virginia, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Indictments against each of the 22 individuals alleges conspiracy and substantive violations of the corrupt practices act and conspiracy to engage in money laundering. The charges relating to the corrupt practices act carry a maximum five-year prison sentence on conviction.

The maximum sentence for money laundering conspiracy is 20 years.

•Daniel Alvirez, 32, and Lee Allen Tolleson, 25, the president and director of acquisitions and logistics at a company in Bull Shoals, Ark., that manufactures and sells law enforcement and military equipment;
•Helmie Ashiblie, 44, the vice president and founder of a company in Woodbridge, Va., that supplies tactical bags and other security-related articles for law enforcement agencies and governments worldwide;
•Andrew Bigelow, 40, the managing partner and director of government programs for a Sarasota, Fla., company that sells machine guns, grenade launchers and other small arms and accessories;
•R. Patrick Caldwell, 61, and Stephen Gerard Giordanella, 50, the current and former chief executive officers of a Sunrise, Fla., company that designs and manufactures concealable and tactical body armor;
•Yochanan R. Cohen, aka Yochi Cohen, 47, the chief executive officer of a San Francisco company that manufactures security equipment, including body armor and ballistic plates;
•Haim Geri, 50, the president of a North Miami Beach, Fla., company that serves as a sales agent for companies in the law enforcement and military products industries;
•Amaro Goncalves, 49, the vice president of sales for a Springfield, Mass., company that designs and manufactures firearms, firearm safety/security products, rifles, firearms systems and accessories;
•John Gregory Godsey, aka Greg Godsey, 37, and Mark Frederick Morales, 37, the owner and agent of a Decatur, Ga., company that sells ammunition and other law enforcement and military equipment;
•Saul Mishkin, 38, the owner and chief executive officer of an Aventura, Fla., company that sells law enforcement and military equipment;
•John M. Mushriqui, 28, and Jeana Mushriqui, 30, the director of international development and general counsel/U.S. manager of an Upper Darby, Penn., company that manufactures and exports bulletproof vests and other law enforcement and military equipment;
•David R. Painter, 56, and Lee M. Wares, 43, the chairman and director of a United Kingdom company that markets armored vehicles;
•Pankesh Patel, 43, the managing director of a United Kingdom company that acts as sales agent for companies in the law enforcement and military products industries;
•Ofer Paz, 50, the president and chief executive officer of an Israeli company that acts as sales agent for companies in the law enforcement and military products industries;
•Jonathan M. Spiller, 58, the owner and president of a Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., company that markets and sells law enforcement and military equipment;
•Israel Weisler, aka Wayne Weisler, 63, and Michael Sacks, 66, owners and co-chief executive officers of a Stearns, Ky., company that designs, manufactures and sells armor products, including body armor;
•John Benson Wier III, 46, the president of a St. Petersburg, Fla., company that sells tactical and ballistic equipment.
All of the defendants except Giordanella were arrested yesterday by FBI agents in Las Vegas. Giordanella was arrested in Miami, also by FBI agents.

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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

huskemaw's booth was at the cat house.
 
Haha thought so.....
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Misguided Federal Priorities?
So far the mainstream media has missed the underlying question here — namely: “Why did the FBI, at the behest of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, commit millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of man-hours to trick American arms salesmen, when their alleged ‘crime’ may not be an FCPA violation at all, and when there are other far more important priorities — such as real terrorists?” The Red Alerts blog declared: “When dealing with third world nations corruption is part of the price of doing business. Everyone knows that but the government wasted the time of at least 250 FBI agents while real Muslim terrorists were sneaking underwear filled with binary explosives on airplanes.”

This is the part that gets me.
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

Misguided Federal Priorities?
So far the mainstream media has missed the underlying question here — namely: “Why did the FBI, at the behest of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, commit millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of man-hours to trick American arms salesmen, when their alleged ‘crime’ may not be an FCPA violation at all, and when there are other far more important priorities — such as real terrorists?” The Red Alerts blog declared: “When dealing with third world nations corruption is part of the price of doing business. Everyone knows that but the government wasted the time of at least 250 FBI agents while real Muslim terrorists were sneaking underwear filled with binary explosives on airplanes.”

This is the part that gets me.
 
We see this type of stuff all the time in South Africa. The only time a drug bust happens is when the dealers forgot to pay the cops. Then they are given a little reminder in the form of a drug bust or two.
Maybe these guys forgot to make the monthly payment?
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This has some positive things for regular gun owners.  FBI gets credit for doing their job, however dubious, instead of monitoring regular citizens, a group of people get put thru the mill that has nothing to do with the type of gun ownership/usage we talk about on this forum,press gets a story. Whats done with it will be the important issue. Such as stopping the media from implicating all gun shows as international arms dealers and blocking the example for food in current adminstration anti-gun agenda.
 
 
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RD, thanks for the synopsis.  Got to try to make it one of these years.
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"On Thursday, the FBI made another visit, picking up several foreign nationals and charging them with counterfeiting gun products.  It was done quietly, but the folks who saw the event say they were shaken at the sight of a "tiny little woman" being led from the floor in handcuffs.  This sting, however, didn't come as a surprise to officials.  The FBI was moving on information provided by the companies who complained their products were being knocked-off by importers."

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interesting turn of events
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Wow and who said teh shotshow wasn't exciting?
 
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4200 6-24x50 Illuminated FFP mil-dot, 30mm
and if so what's it's price point?
 
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I did not get a chance to see the scope but it should be selling for around $800.
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Thanks Chris!   Any idea when you'll be getting any?
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They claim that they will be available within two months.
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VIDEOS FROM THE SHOW . . . NSSF has posted more than 20 videos from the 2010 SHOT Show on the show's official YouTube channel: youtube.com/nssfshotshow. There you'll find interviews with exhibitors, attendees, celebrities and members of the media, coverage of the annual State of the Industry Dinner, NSSF's 2009 annual report and a look at SHOT Show University.

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is there any cf sightings??
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Was there on Wed and checked out most of the glass. I was impressed with the Vortex PST and the new Bushnell 4200 FFP scopes. Both were clear and very very nice.
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Anybody has first impression on the new/revised 1-4 scope from MEOPTA?
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Originally posted by akula88 akula88 wrote:

Anybody has first impression on the new/revised 1-4 scope from MEOPTA?
 
Yes, I saw it.  Nice scope!  What would you like to know?
 
It's similar to the previous 1-4X24 with K-dot, except it's shorter, and the reticle has some chevrons for holdover underneath the dot instead of a bar as on the K-dot.  Glass looked at least as good as the previous model.  A buddy of mine with me said he thought the "eye box" was very eye position critical, but I didn't think it was too bad in that regard.


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I want to hear everything about the future swaro 10x riflescopes !!!! somebody told about a 2.5-25X Riflescope, A-W-E-S-O-M-E !!! 
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Originally posted by Agustinmx Agustinmx wrote:

I want to hear everything about the future swaro 10x riflescopes !!!! somebody told about a 2.5-25X Riflescope, A-W-E-S-O-M-E !!! 

I have not heard about 10x erector Swaros, but March has a 2.5-25x42 scope which I hope to be able to review some time this spring.

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You can bet your house that every high end mfg has a March and are reverse engineering them as fast as they can.
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I wonder how soon we will be seeing 8X - 10X erector scopes as the norm rather than the exception?  I wouldn't at all be surprised to see this happen within the next 5 years.  Expanded zoom is definitely one of the biggest trends in riflescopes today.
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I do not know how soon you will be seeing it, but I hope to see a loaner March scope fairly soon.  Now I just need to figure out what to compare it to.

Perhaps, I can borrow a Z6 from Chris.

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