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Taliban Gets Hands on U.S. Bullets Allegedly Fraudulently Sold to Army by Miami Kid

May 25, 2009

This bizzare story piles irony upon irony.  Apparently, U.S. ammunition has somehow fallen into the hands of the Taliban, reports the New York Times.  But, as luck would have it, the ammunition is nearly fifty-year-old Chinese bullets repackaged in Albania that are prone to misfire.  How did we get these bullets in the first place?  The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida has alleged that the ammunition was sold to the Department of the Army by a twenty-two-year-old kid under a questionable near $300 million Government contract.  In an earlier article, the Times reported that the shipments actually included  “ammunition that NATO and the State Department have determined to be outdated and obsolete, and have spent millions of dollars to have destroyed.  The Times alludes to an audio recording of the kid who bought and sold the ammunition, Miami-based Efraim Diveroli, discussing the contracts with his Albanian counterpart, Kosta Trebicka.  The conversation is purportedly available on this YouTube site, where the two can be heard discussing the CIA, the mafia, and how they might try to bribe the Albanian arms export director, Ylli Pinari, with prostitutes.  “Call him up, beg him, kiss him, whatever…” says Diveroli.

To report Defense Contracting fraud, contact Frohsin & Barger.

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