A Miami federal grand jury has subpoenaed records from Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and Pompano Beach about an aborted economic incentives deal with the authorized U.S. manufacturer of Russian Kalashnikov assault rifles.
The subpoenas, served last week, were accompanied by a letter signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin announcing the existence of “an official investigation of a suspected federal offense.”
The suspected offense was not specified. But Florida Bulldog has reported that the company, RWC Group LLC, whose brand name is Kalashnikov USA, may be operating in violation of U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Russian-made military assault weapons.
Bloomberg Business later reported that “a complicated web of shell companies connects Kalashnikov USA to allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin and appears designed to avoid U.S. sanctions.”