Two Sanford brothers arrested this week bought and sold an estimated $1 million in stolen power tools from the U.S. Army and plotted to rip off the government for military equipment, including armor-piecing ammunition, federal officials say.
Husein Kermali, 37, and Sikandar Kermali, 33, are suspected of purchasing the power tools from a soldier stationed with the Army Active Guard Reserve in Orlando, Sebastian Stewart Oyegun II.
In June, Oyegun signed a plea agreement admitting guilt to a count of theft of government property in this case.
Prosecutors say Oyegun ordered items through a government website used by federal agencies to purchase items from vendors then sold the items to the Kermali brothers.
The brothers then sold the items on Craigslist.com, according to prosecutors.
Sikandar Kermali told investigators they sold the stolen merchandise for more than $1 million, the report said.
Husein Kermali told investigators "he never thought the items he was purchasing from Oyegun could be considered stolen, but he knew something was wrong and that Oyegun was bending the rules."
Sikandar Kermali told investigators Oyegun was getting them good products and good prices and knew it was illegal, an affidavit said.
The affidavit alleges that after successfully stealing power tools several times, the brothers started requesting "war stuff" including sights for military firearms.
"Sikandar Kermali also asked Oyegun for armor piecing ammunition and sent Oyegun a text message asking for more 'war stuff,'" the affidavit said.
Multiple law-enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Army Criminal Investigative Command, worked together to investigate how Oyegun made "unauthorized purchases of high-end engineering equipment, computer equipment and power tools," according to the affidavit.
Oyegun is accused of ordering and charging the property to the U. S. Army but shipping the products to various addresses, with most items going to a warehouse in Sanford, which investigators discovered the Kermali brothers controlled.
The affidavit alleges that Oyegun created a phony user identification and password, fake points of contact and pseudo-approving officials in order to purchase the stolen goods and deliver them to the Kermali brothers.
After the U.S. Army discovered the scheme, Oyegun cooperated with the FBI and met with the Kermali brothers to deliver stolen goods while in his U.S. Army Combat Uniform, according to the report.
Oyegun has a sentencing hearing scheduled for May 28.
The brothers turned themselves in and were granted pre-trial release.
If convicted, the Kermali brothers each face up to five years in prison.
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