PROVIDENCE — A clothing and goods wholesaler from Brooklyn pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a conspiracy to sell more than $20 million worth of Chinese-made counterfeit goods to the U.S. military and other government purchasers and suppliers.
Among the items that Ramin Kohanbash, 49, and others arranged to counterfeit were 200 military parkas used by U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in Afghanistan, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman. The parkas were falsely represented to be genuine Multicam fabric, which incorporates technology designed to be more difficult to detect with night-vision goggles.
Other items carried labels that made false representations of product safety, such as stating that hoods intended for military and law enforcement personnel were flame-resistant, when they were not.
"Our men and women in uniform confront danger every day to defend this nation and its values," Weisman said. "The uniforms they wear and the gear they carry are meant to protect them as they carry out their mission, not to put them in harm's way. This case should serve notice that suppliers who do business with the military must comply with the law, or they will be held to account."
Weisman said counterfeit goods were shipped from China to Kohanbash and sold to other wholesalers who ultimately marketed and sold them to government buyers.
Kohanbash pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods in U.S. District Court, Providence. He is scheduled to be sentenced by by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith on Jan. 17.
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.
"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.
From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.
At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.
But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.