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Employers of the 22 FCPA Sting Defendants Identified

By Christopher M. Matthews | January 27, 2022

Main Justice has identified most of the companies the 22 individuals arrested in last week’s giant Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Sting. The indictments unsealed by the Justice Department do not name the companies, but refer to them as “Company A” and other vague pseudonyms. News reports and public records have helped to shed light on who these companies are:

The indictment of Daniel Alvirez, 32, and Lee Allen Tolleson, 25, describes the two as “the president and director of acquisitions and logistics at a company in Bull Shoals, Ark., that manufactures and sells law enforcement and military equipment.” Alvirez and Tolleson work for ALS Technologies, located in Bull Shoals, Ark. The company put out these public statements about the case. When contacted, a spokesman said that he had no comment but that it was a very difficult time for the company.

Helmie Ashiblie, 44, is described as “the vice president and founder of a company in Woodbridge, Va., that supplies tactical bags and other security-related articles for law enforcement agencies and governments worldwide.” Ashiblie’s company appears t be i-SHOT, Inc, located in Woodbridge, Va.

Andrew Bigelow, 40, is described as “the managing partner and director of government programs for a Sarasota, Fla., company that sells machine guns, grenade launchers and other small arms and accessories.” An MSN article reported that Bigelow works for The Gun Search.com LLC, which is based out of Bradenton, Fl.

Patrick Caldwell, 61, and Stephen Gerard Giordanella, 50, are descrbied as “the current and former chief executive officers of a Sunrise, Fla., company that designs and manufactures concealable and tactical body armor.” The Las Vegas Review-Journal, said the company in question is Protective Products of America. The company posted a statement about the case here.

Yochanan R. Cohen, aka Yochi Cohen, 47, is described as “the chief executive officer of a San Francisco company that manufactures security equipment, including body armor and ballistic plates.” According to Cohen’s LinkedIn profile, his company is HighCom Security, Inc.

Haim Geri, age, is described as “the president of a North Miami Beach, Fla., company that serves as a sales agent for companies in the law enforcement and military products industries.” According to his Linkedin profile Geri, age, is the president of HighTech USA, located in North Miami Beach, Florida.

John Gregory Godsey, aka Greg Godsey, 37, and Mark Frederick Morales, 37, are described as “the owner and agent of a Decatur, Ga., company that sells ammunition and other law enforcement and military equipment.” Their company is still unknown

Amaro Goncalves, 49, is described as “the vice president of sales for a Springfield, Mass., company that designs and manufactures firearms, firearm safety/security products, rifles, firearms systems and accessories.” It has been widely reported that Gonclaves works for gun manufacturer Smith&Wesson, based in Springfield, Mass. The company put out this statement about the case.

Saul Mishkin, 38, is described as “the owner and chief executive officer of an Aventura, Fla., company that sells law enforcement and military equipment.” Mishkin appears to be the owner and CEO of Orkil International LLC, located in Aventura, Fla. It also seems that Mishkin is Israel-based International Security and Defense System’s CEO for Ecuador and Peru.

John M. Mushriqui, 28, and Jeana Mushriqui, 30, are described as “the director of international development and general counsel/U.S. manager of an Upper Darby, Penn.. company hat manufactures and exports bulletproof vests and other law enforcement and military equipment.” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Mushriquis are siblings who operate Mushriqui Consulting L.L.C., located in Upper Darby,

David R. Painter, 56, and Lee M. Wares, 43, are described as “the chairman and director of a United Kingdom company that markets armored vehicles.” According to a July 24, 2022 press release Painter and Wares founded UK-based Security Support Solutions, Ltd. (3S), which was acquired by a defense firm called The O’Gara Group, located in Cincinnati.

Pankesh Patel, 43, is described as “the managing director of a United Kingdom company that acts as sales agent for companies in the law enforcement and military products industries.” Patel appears to be the director of UK-based Quartermasters.

Ofer Paz, 50, is described as “the president and chief executive officer of an Israeli company that acts as sales agent for companies in the law enforcement and military products industries.” Haaretz reported that Paz is the CEO of Paz Logistics. According to the company’s website, it was founded by Brigadier General Micha Paz.

Jonathan M. Spiller, 58, is described as “the owner and president of a Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., company that markets and sells law enforcement and military equipment.” The Florida Times Union reported that Spiller has run a number of companies, including The Spiller Group, in Ponte Vedra Beach. Spiller was also the CEO of Armor Holdings until he was fired in April 2003.

Israel Weisler, aka Wayne Weisler, 63, and Michael Sachs, 66, are described as “owners and co-chief executive officers of a Stearns, Ky., company that designs, manufactures and sells armor products, including body armor.” The Louisville Courier-Journal, reported that their company is ArmorShield USA.

John Benson Wier III, 46, is described as “the president of a St. Petersburg, Fla., company that sells tactical and ballistic equipment.” The St. Petersburg Times has reported that the company is SRT Supply, Inc

The FCPA Blog, the FCPA Professor Blog and the Project on Government Oversight have also reported on this.

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