Congress is set to investigate a contract under which the Defense Department contracted with 22-year-old Efraim E. Diveroli’s AEY Inc. for $200 million to supply ammunition to the Afghan Army and police. Instead of supplying Hungarian bullets, the company allegedly committed a series of false statements to supply shoddy Chinese products.
This case is likely to turn from a political scandal to a legal case quickly. There are limitations on arms trading with China. Moreover, there is simple contract fraud that will likely be raised. Putting aside the age of Mr. Diveroli, it is notably that this company appears to have been founded by his father as a small printing business which gives the controversy a “Lord of War” flavor.
It also appears that the 22-year-old had a 25-year-old vice president.
His grandfather told WPLG that Diveroli is now in Turkey or Albania doing his “patriotic” duty. “He’s all over the world getting what the military needs,” Angelo Diveroli says.
But in a MySpace message exchange with Radar magazine, a person thought to be David Packouz, a 25-year-old who was AEY’s vice president, refers to Efraim Diveroli as “my former scumbag partner” and says he is motivated by money.
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Both the Army and House Oversight Committee are investigating.
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