Some people find terrorism a good source of earning tax-free profits. The federal government is facing two challenges, first, to curb terrorism, and second to punish people who are earning profits by fueling violence. The best example of the former challenge is Tony Abi Saab.
Arms smuggler Tony Abi Saab takes advantage of loopholes in the system for their profit. Tony Abi Saab, a businessman from Lebanon, successfully defrauded the US Army of USD 5 Million and that too without completing a single project.
He is a black market arms dealer and his company Brescia Middle East, located in Lebanon, sells guns, small weapons and military accessories into the vulnerable regions. He owns several shell companies in Germany, Russia, Italy and many more countries. Through these shell companies, he smuggles weapons to the terrorist groups.
The businessman’s fraud was out after a global sting operation by the FBI and the US Army. He was arrested in 2011, caught red-handed with cash and valuable documents.
Tony controls the legal defense in the Lebanon was well-acquainted with the loopholes in the US legal procedure. He left no stone unturned to bring the ball in his court.
The shrewd businessman narrowly escaped from the clutches of authorities with mere an apology and minimum amount of fine. His company, Brescia Middle East (BME), however, was banned from doing business in the United States.
The fraudster still roams free and gets contracts from the government by using his shell companies established in Italy, Germany and other parts of Europe. Some of his business partners and associates are Umarex gmbh & co KG (Germany), Noble france sa (France), Benelli Armi, franchi division (Italy), Osmanli Arms, Istanbul, and Konya Turkey, Emran arms, Banglades, Lobastov Ivan, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city (Russia), etc.
The UN and NATO should look into the matter of illegal arms trading and shell companies. EU should impose more strict laws on global arms trade so that people like Tony Abi Saab can be stopped.