A Miami Beach munitions dealer accused of defrauding the federal government is $4.2 million richer.What captured my attention besides the fact that the story is about one of my favorite subjects, is the fact that he's just 23 years old. I found a couple of other stories from almost a year ago when, apparently he became quite well known. It was last March when his business began to run into trouble for supplying inferior product to the Army. This from the HuffPo article of March 27, 2008, when he was 22.
Actually, the money already belonged to 23-year-old Efraim Diveroli. But the government froze it after Diveroli, his business, AEY Inc., and three co-workers were indicted last summer on charges of selling banned Chinese-made machine-gun rounds to the U.S. Army to supply allied forces in Afghanistan.
Intriguing, to say the least, is his age. I searched a few articles to find out if he'd inherited the business from his father and grandfather, perhaps it was a family business. That doesn't seem to be the case.
With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan's army and police forces.Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging, according to an examination of the munitions by The New York Times and interviews with American and Afghan officials.
Since he was a boy, the grandfather said, Efraim Diveroli has known his way around weapons. "He's a genius about anything to do with weapons," the 72-year-old says. "Ever since he was a little boy, I would take him to gun shows and he could identify every model of guns. People would ask: How can he do that so young? He has a gift, I would tell them."
It is fascinating. Is there such a thing as a "genius" about guns, though, a person who has an innate gift about weapons? I would say young Efraim, who may lack some ethical standards, has a good bit of genius in business as well. What do you think?
Do you think there are many others like him? Are there arms dealers of all sizes and shapes, like there are drug dealers? Is that where the gun control focus should be rather than on the individual gun owners? Does a guy like Efraim also supply guns to the criminal world in America?
How do legitimate gun owners feel about him? Is he bad for the overall reputation? Or is he a champion to be admired?
What's your opinion?