To a fair extent, it really doesn’t matter what you think of guns and high-grade ammunition, you just have to be a little bit impressed by the story of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz. They are both popular figures today, not necessarily because of their expertise at handling guns or their level of military achievements, but because of their specialty at procuring, securing, and supplying sophisticated weapons to warzones like Iraq and Afghanistan. Although they are done with that life, they still enjoy vast popularity because of it. You know what to do if you must know more about these former arms dealers, don’t you? Keep reading…
What To Know About Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz of War Dogs
Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz are both investors and former arms dealer of the AEY Inc. Efraim was born on December 20, 1985, in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. While there is no information regarding his educational background and upbringing, it is known that his parents were staunch orthodox Jews. It is said that his uncle Shmuley Boteach was a rabbi and to that effect, he was raised in line with Jewish principles.
It was at the age of 16 that Efraim decided to venture into dealing in sophisticated arms and weapons with the American government after convincing his father to sell him a shell company, AEY Inc., which was incorporated but not functional.
On the other hand, his partner David Mordecai Packouz, was born on February 16, 1982, in St Louis Missouri, to Kalman Packouz his father and Shoshanna Packouz (mother). Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz have quite a lot in common; like the former, the latter equally hails from a Jewish home. His father was a Jewish Rabbi who lived according to the dictates of Judaism.
While you will hardly find any info about David’s educational qualification, it is known on several quarters that he is a licensed massage therapist. Unlike his arms dealer counterpart, there is no proof as to the time he ventured into the business of arms dealing.
The Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz partnership started in 2005, at a time when they were both 19 and 23 years of age, respectively. It was only a matter of time for them to begin scoring huge contracts worth several millions of dollars, thereby earning them the title – The Dudes. In 2007, they secured a contract worth $300 million with the USA government to supply tons of ammunition which included aviation rockets, millions of sniper rifles, as well as many AK47 to the Afghanistan army. As it happened, they violated this deal by procuring the supposed arms from China. This was against the US Army policy which had an embargo on Chinese ammunition. As a result of their actions, they were arrested and subjected to trials in the court of law. In January 2011, the court sentenced Diveroli to 4 years in prison and Packouz to 7 months of house arrest.
Unknown to many, their deeds inspired the 2016 Warner Bros hit movie, War Dogs. The movie which was directed by Bradley Cooper had Jonah Hill play the character of Efraim Diveroli while Miles Teller played his partner, David Packouz. The movie received widespread recognition, grossing over $86 million at the box-office.
Where Are They Now?
The crackdown in their multi-million dollar arms business by the authorities exposed their violation of contractual terms and that of the US arms embargo imposed on made in China ammunition. This eventually led to their arrest and ultimately made the United States Army review its contractual processes.
Since then, people have been wondering what’s up with The Dudes. Well, as stated earlier, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz were made to pay for their crimes. A few years after they were sentenced, it emerged that Efraim Diveroli is living in his home town – Miami, Florida. According to reports, he didn’t return to the business of arms after he was released from prison in August 2014. Instead, he took up the noble profession of an author. He is credited for the memoir Once a Gun Runner which was written during his time behind bars by Matthew .B. Cox.
Also, it is believed that David Packouz resides in Miami with his daughter Annabelle Jane. He is also the proud owner of a music company called Singular Sound and a pioneer of the musical foundation, Guitar over Guns.