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Self proclaimed Lord of War’s company going down the gurgler?

Troubles intensify for Nashville gunmaker Sabre Defence

Gunmaker files for bankruptcy

Clint Brewer – February 17, 2011 – A Nashville defense contractor whose principals are charged with illegal arms trafficking has filed for bankruptcy.

Sabre Defence Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to documents filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Tennessee.

The filing is the latest in an unfolding saga surrounding Sabre Defence, including the dramatic apprehension of the company’s president, Guy Savage, in the United Kingdom.

In a sparse filing, the firm lists about $50,000 in both assets and liabilities. Creditors that have filed as parties to the case include Cadence Bank, N.A. and Whitworth Tool and Worldwide Technologies.

Cadence Bank sued Sabre in 2010 for failing to repay a $1.9 million loan. The bank alleged that Sabre attempted to remove proceeds from loan collateral such as inventory and equipment to other banks. An auction of Sabre’s assets to satisfy the debt was scheduled for Tuesday, with the bankruptcy filing apparently pre-empting the sale.

Sabre is temporarily closed, attorney Elliott Jones said, and has been since December. Sabre hopes to either sell the company or attain debtor and possession financing to resume operations, Jones said.

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Sabre Defence Industries indicted in Arms Trafficking Scheme

Five Individuals and One Tennessee Company Charged with Conspiracy to Violate Arms Export Control Act and Related Offenses in International Arms Trafficking Scheme

Photo from Sabre Defence Industries Website

WASHINGTON – February 8, 2011 – Five individuals and a Nashville, Tenn., firearms manufacturer have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges relating to international firearms and trafficking violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin for the Middle District of   Tennessee; Special Agent in Charge Glenn N. Anderson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Nashville Field Division; and Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. for Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) New Orleans Office. 

The defendants named in the 21-count indictment unsealed today are Guy Savage, 42, a citizen of the United Kingdom; Sabre Defence Industries LLC (SDI-US), a Nashville-based arms manufacturer owned by Savage; Charles Shearon, 55, of Ashland City, Tenn., and president of SDI-US; Elmer Hill, 64, of Brentwood, Tenn., and chief financial officer of SDI-US; Michael Curlett, 44, of Hermitage, Tenn., and director of sales for SDI-US; and Arnold See Jr., 54, of Antioch, Tenn., who is the international shipping and purchasing manager of SDI-US.   According to the indictment, the defendants were part of a conspiracy to illegally import and export regulated firearms and firearm components and technology to and from the United States.   The indictment alleges that Savage directed the illegal activities from his personal residences in the United Kingdom, as well as from a related company owned by Savage, Sabre Defence Industries LTD (SDI-UK), which is a licensed manufacturer, distributor and importer of firearms and firearms headquartered in the United Kingdom.    

“The indictment unsealed today alleges a nearly decade-long scheme to thwart U.S. import/export restrictions on firearms and their components,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.  “The defendants allegedly went to great lengths to conceal their activities and evade U.S. laws – mislabeling packages, falsifying shipping records, and maintaining a fictitious set of books and records, among other things.  The illegal trade of firearms and their components poses serious risks and, as this case shows, we cannot and will not tolerate it.”

“The investigation and indictment are an excellent example of how the United States Attorney’s Office, the Criminal Division, HSI, ATF and international law enforcement agencies are working together to prevent firearms and firearm components from being diverted to locations around the world,” said U.S. Attorney Martin. “We recognize the role that weapons play in a sometimes violent world and we will vigorously enforce the laws to prevent the illegal importation of firearms and firearm components.”

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