11th Circ. Shoots Down $300M Ammo Fraudster's Appeal

Law360, New York (June 27, 2012, 4:51 PM ET) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the conviction of a munitions dealer accused of concealing the fact that the ammunition he sold to the U.S. Department of Defense through a $298 million contract was manufactured in China in violation of an embargo.

The appeals court rejected Ralph Merrill's argument that a lower court had misinterpreted the regulation prohibiting the DOD from acquiring munitions manufactured by a Communist Chinese military company, finding that Merrill had in fact misunderstood the National Defense Authorization Act and that, more fundamentally,...
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