Munitions Supplier Gets 4 Years In Ammo Fraud Case

Law360, New York (March 23, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a munitions dealer to four years in prison for his role in defrauding the U.S. government through a $298 million contract for ammunition for the Afghan army.

Judge Joan A. Lenard in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida slapped Ralph Merrill, of Utah, with the sentence after a two-day hearing. The government had requested a sentence of 71 months.

Merrill was one of five defendants named in a July 2008 superseding indictment. His co-defendants —...
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