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Obama Justice Department Decapitates Gun Industry: FBI Arrest 21 Gun Industry Executives in Las Vegas to Attend Gun Show

Illinois Gun
January 22, 2010

What’s being touted as the largest single investigation and prosecution against individuals in the history of the Justice Department’s enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act occurred Monday in Las Vegas.

The individuals arrested are executives and employees of military and law enforcement products companies that were in Las Vegas to attend the 2010 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (Shot show) and are charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

The indictments allege that the defendants engaged in a scheme to pay bribes to the minister of defense for a country in Africa but the alleged sales agent was in reality an undercover FBI agent.

The defendants allegedly agreed to pay a 20 percent commission to a sales agent who the defendants believed represented the minister of defense of an African country in order to win a portion of a $15 million sale to outfit the country’s presidential guard.

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting the names of those arrested and the location of their companies as being;

Daniel Alvirez and Lee Allen Tolleson, Bull Shoals, Ark., Helmie Ashiblie, Woodbridge, Va., Andrew Bigelow, Sarasota, Fla., R. Patrick Caldwell and Stephen Gerard Giordanella, Sunrise, Fla., Yochanan Cohen, San Francisco, Haim Geri, North Miami Beach, Fla., Amaro Goncalves, Springfield, Mass., John Gregory Godsey and Mark Frederick Morales, Decatur, Ga., Saul Mishkin, Aventura, Fla., John and Jeana Mushriqui, Upper Darby, Pa., David Painter and Lee Wares, United Kingdom, Pankesh Patel, United Kingdom, Ofer Paz, Israel, Israel Weisler and Michael Sachs, Stearns, Ky., and John Benson Wier III, St. Petersburg, Fla.

One name on the list, Amaro Goncalves is reported to be a vice-president of sales for Smith & Wesson (SWHC)

According to reports the arrest did not take place at the SHOT show but the FBI did use the show as an opportunity to bring all of the people together in one place for arrest.

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Help--I'm not sure what the issue is.

Is it the attempted bribe or the attempt to sell to an African nation
the issue?
Was the 20% the bribe or sales commission?


I can't help but wonder how the dealers came to suggest the undercover agent gets a 20% cut without him suggesting it... which sounds like entrapment to me.

If not, how did the agent know they would do this? Is this common practice in the industry? Generally a sting is set up when there is a reasonable expectation a certain type of criminal activity will take place.

Obviously I don't know all the details, but it's something to consider.

You know...in order for the American People... to stop this

tactic cold....

We need to increase the amount and number of gun shows..
just like there are weekly farmers markets...and flea markets

there should be monthly (or so) gun shows in all major cities/communities..

They cant stop everyone... and the more access that Americans have to guns/ammo/info/training ..the better off we as a people will be in this nation!


Where was this gun show? Normally they're held at giant casinos or stadiums in Vegas.

Obama = O.ne B.ig A.ss M.istake A.merica

Sands Expo and Convention Center

Jan 18-21

It's going down folks!

It's almost time!

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

So hosting a gun show has become a liability now

Interesting strategy. I bet it will work.
If selling tons of weapons to another country is ok, why is paying a commission to a sales agent corrupt? 20% is a nice chunk, but I've had sales jobs where I could get up to 35% if I did enough of the work. I wish I could get a job selling some big ticket item like that. Hell, I'd sell a $15 million deal for 10%. Hmmm. I guess there's a few openings now.
And they say Obama's not creating jobs. ;)

Obama is doing exactly what the Rothschilds and Co. .......

want him to. Move aggressively toward disarming America. How, for God's sake, is the NWO supposed to take over in the next few years with all of those guns the Americans have? He (Obama) is, afterall, the Rothschild's choice, is he not?



"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

meekandmild's picture

Trying to get it closed down before

The majority of States have Firearm freedom acts.
Especially like NH
NH firearm freedom Act bill
Federal Agents:
Any official, agent, or employee of the government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States that enforces or attempts to enforce a act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in New Hampshire and that remains within the State of New Hampshire shall be guilty of a class B felony.

Is this a blow to the military industrial complex?

or just a side show?

reedr3v's picture

the feds hate competition: only the

CIA can sell to African nations!

Seems like Obama

is sending a message to the firearms industry with this manufactured sting operation.

its like he is doing it slight of hand....

not directly by passing laws etc.. just setting up good people.and getting states to pass restrictive ammo laws..