April, 05 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Defense Contractor and Lebanon Businessman indicted for defrauding the US Army’s money

Tony Abi Saab and his business partner Raymond Azar are responsible for illegal arms trading business and defrauding the US Army for million dollar contract frauds

Contract frauds and international arms trade are the two main sources of earning an easy and tax-free profit. Tony Abi Saab and Raymond Azar are two such corrupt people who can do anything to satiate their greed. Tony Abi Saab is an international arms dealer in the black market and has defrauded the US Army along with his business partner Raymond Azar.

Tony Abi Saab is a president of Brescia Middle East, an arms dealing company who did a fraud of 5 million USD with the US Army in Afghanistan. He was arrested in 2011 after a sting operation was orchestrated by the US Army, FBI, and CIA. He has a network of shell companies spread worldwide to supply the treacherous rebel groups active in Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan to earn a profit.

In 2009, Raymond Azar’s company Sima Salazar group in Afghanistan (sub-contracted by Tony’s company K5 Global and Bennet-Fouch) was banned from doing any business in the United States. It was involved in 150 USD multi-billion dollars fraud on the US military reconstruction contract. Raymond was arrested along with Dinorah Cobos alias Sarah Lee, a rumored girlfriend of Tony and an employee of Sima Salazar Group. Both Raymond and Sarah were caught for bribing the US Army official.

It became clear during the sting operation executed by the US Agencies that most of the shares of the Sima Salazar Group were owned by Tony. Also, Raymond’s company had a close link with Abi Saab’s Tactica Ltd. Tony was also caught after them and flown to the US to stand the trial in the court. Tony being a shrewd fraudster was well aware of all the loopholes in the US justice system. He didn’t serve any jail-term and got away due to a technicality in the circuit court.

Raymond got ten years, and Dinorah Cobos got 2 years of imprisonment. Currently, Tony is roaming freely and expanding his business ties with terrorist organizations through his web of shell companies. To reduce the illicit trafficking in firearms, major weapon-producing countries must safeguard against the illicit diversion of those arms and must work with other nations to ensure adequate control systems are implemented.


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