The United States Justice Department indicted 22 businessmen, including four Israelis, on Tuesday in an arms sting.
[ neat … … like in ‘Lord Of War’ ]
The businessmen are suspected of attempting to bribe a person they thought was the defense minister of an African country in order to secure a multimillion-dollar contract to supply his country with military equipment.
The U.S. Department of Justice identified the Israelis as Ofer Paz, 50 – the president and chief executive officer of the Israeli company Paz Logistics, which acts as a sales agent for companies in the law enforcement and military products industries; Haim Geri, 50 – the president of a North Miami Beach, Florida company that also serves as a sales agent for military and law enforcement industries; Yochanan R. Cohen, a.k.a. Yochi Cohen, 47 – the chief executive officer of a San Francisco company that manufactures security equipment, including body armor and ballistic plates; and Israel Wissler, former CEO of the company Ayit, which sold equipment to the Israeli Defense Forces.
Twenty-two people, including the Israelis, were arrested in Las Vegas on the eve of a major annual military equipment sales show, following a two-and-a-half-year FBI undercover operation.
[beware the BBC]
reported that five of the detained men are British, and said the FBI had named three of them: Pankesh Patel, David Painter and Lee Wares.