Man accused of prostitution linked to publicized ammunition fraud case

A Miami-Dade County man once accused of selling old ammunition to the U.S. government was arrested Thursday in Immokalee on accusations of prostitution.

David Mordechai Packouz, 30, was apprehended at Motel 82, 1700 State Road 82, according to an arrest report. Packouz agreed to have sex with an undercover Collier County deputy for $400, detectives said.

Packouz, of Miami Beach, gain national notoriety in 2008 when his company, AEY Inc., was accused of buying 40-year-old Chinese ammunition from Albania, repacking it and selling it to the Army, with whom it had a $298 million contract, for use by Afghan soldiers. The story garnered headlines in publications like The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Packouz pleaded guilty in May of 2009 to conspiracy to defraud the United States and was sentenced to 14 months of probation and seven months of home detention, according to federal records. As a condition of his probation, he was allowed to continue working as a self-employed massage therapist, records show.

Packouz was released from the Naples Jail Center on Friday afternoon on $500 bond. He faces a misdemeanor charge of prostitution.

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