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Man Accused Of Defrauding Army Faces Sentencing

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Efraim Diveroli  (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Efraim Diveroli (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

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MIAMI (CBS4) – A Miami Beach man who pled guilty to fraud conspiracy for his part in selling banned Chinese machine gun rounds to the U.S. Army for the allied troops fighting in Afghanistan will learn Monday just how much time he’ll spend behind bars.

Twenty five year old Efraim Diveroli, who accepted a plea deal from prosecutors, could get up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors say Diveroli and several employees of his company, AEY Inc., plotted to illegally ship about 90 million rounds of Chinese-made ammunition to Afghan forces allied with the U.S. The Pentagon contract prohibited acquisition of Chinese military gear. The ammunition was repackaged to appear as if Albania was its source.

AEY Inc. was awarded a $298 million U.S. Army contract in 2007 to provide the ammo to Afghanistan. AEY, Inc. had a series of multi-million dollar Army contracts going back to the beginning stages of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Diveroli has also pled guilty to possessing weapons as a convicted felon. Sentencing for that is set January 25th in Orlando.

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