Efraim Diveroli Update
August 25, 2010, 12:29 AM
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A couple of years ago, the NYT broke the story of a 22-year-old Miami Beach arms dealer, Efraim Diveroli, who had landed a $300,000,000 Pentagon contract to deliver ammunition to the fledgling Afghan Army, and was illegally fulfilling the deal using aged Chinese ammo. It was a nine-days-wonder of a story as many were sure at first that Cheney or Rumsfeld or somebody like that was involved.

But, as I was the first to point out, it probably didn't involve a conspiracy that-goes-straight-to-the-top. Diveroli was apparently just a young hustler from a family of hustlers (his grandfather owns a big, scary gun shop in South Central LA; his uncle Shmuley Boteach was Michael Jackson's rabbi) carrying out the kind of semi-bait switch business (offer a low price, then deliver low quality) that is familiar to customers of Brooklyn camera shops. And sign up as an ethnically disadvantaged small business.

Well, Diveroli's back in trouble again, peddling ammo to federal undercover agents out of the back of his silver Audi convertible.