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Weapon dealer taps extremists’ defense

Nashville gun company’s owner trying to avoid trial on gun smuggling charges

Brandon Gee – (The Tennessean) – February 10, 2012 – An Englishman is borrowing the legal tactics of a radical American movement in an attempt to dodge federal gun-smuggling charges — or at least an extradition to Nashville that would force him to face the charges.

Guy Denton Savage, 42, of London, was the owner of the now-defunct Sabre Defence Industries, a Nashville-based gun manufacturer and U.S. military supplier that shuttered operations in 2010 after a raid by federal authorities. In January 2011, a federal grand jury in Nashville issued a 21-count indictment charging Savage and four of his Middle Tennessee associates with illegally smuggling guns overseas.

The four Nashville executives quickly reached plea agreements with the government, admitting their roles in the alleged conspiracy and promising prosecutors their ongoing cooperation.

Savage’s response? He sent the federal court a bill for $250 million.

The invoice — the amount of business and personal damages Savage claims to have suffered as a result of the prosecution — is included in hundreds of pages of court filings and letters that Savage has mailed from the United Kingdom to U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell, who is presiding over the case. Read the remainder of this entry »

Filling ‘er up on your dime & other news

$400 per gallon gasoline in Afghanistan

According to a recent Bloomberg report, a single agency within the Pentagon – the Defense Logistics Agency – wasted $7.1 billion over three years by double ordering parts. It would take 10 years of food stamp fraud to match that amount. Meanwhile, the government has squandered $60 billion on contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002.

A food stamp crackdown is wise, but if the government wants to hang on to even more money and increase its credibility with taxpayers, it needs to cast a much wider net. ~ Cast wider net on fraud, waste in government – Spokesman-Review

Air Force will not inform families of landfill remains
Kevin Baron  – (National Journal) – December 9, 2011 - Responding to press revelations that the remains of hundreds of additional U.S. troops ended up in a landfill, an Air Force official said that the military regretted the pain the news may cause their families, but that the Pentagon would not inform them in order to honor their original wishes.

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Cozy and secure with contractors and other news

In March 2006, a jury found Custer Battles liable for the submission of 5 false claims, each one of which is subject to a US$5,000 -11,000 civil fine, as well as 26 false statements supporting the 5 false claims. However, in August 2006, Judge Ellis, of the Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va overturned the verdict as a matter of law.  ~ Judge T.S. Ellis III (Isakson and Baldwin Qui Tam against Security Contractor Custer Battles)

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has already dismissed several of the lawsuit’s claims, including a salacious allegation that Blackwater billed the government for prostitutes. The judge said there was no evidence that Blackwater sought out prostitutes.

Ellis also struck a claim that Blackwater overbilled on a security contract it was awarded in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  ~ Judge T.S. Ellis III (Davis’ Qui Tam against Security Contractor Blackwater aka Xe)

Judge Keith P. Ellison signed Jack Stanley’s latest sentencing delay (the eleventh by our count). ~ Judge Keith P. Ellison (FCPA against KBR)

JAMIE LEIGH JONES, PLAINTIFF v. HALLIBURTON COMPANY D/B/A KBR KELLOGG BROWN & ROOT (KBR), ET AL. DEFENDANTS. The opinion of the court was delivered by: Keith P. Ellison United States District Judge

After reviewing the voluminous record, we agree with the district court that Yannacopoulos has not shown the existence of a genuine issue of material fact. We affirm. BAUER, SYKES, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges (Yannacopoulos Qui Tam against General Dynamics Corp.)

Want to cut big government abuses? Start with defence contracting
We have the evidence: the hardpressed US taxpayer is being fleeced by profiteering contractors and corrupt military personnel
Michael Shank – (Guardian UK) – August 6, 2011 – This past week, as US Congress quacked its way through the debt-ceiling quagmire, a seemingly non-germane offshore issue surfaced vis-à-vis Iraq. The connection between the two was anything but inconsequential, despite receiving scant review in Washington. If one wonders how US debts and US wars could be so integrally related, one needs to look no further than the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR).

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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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