Former Blackwater officials charged in weapons case

The former president of Blackwater Worldwide and four other former senior company officials were charged Friday with illegally acquiring automatic weapons and filing false documents, according to the New York Times.

The employees converted an estimated 227 weapons into short-barrel rifles without registering them, persecutors said according to the L.A. Times.

Additionally they are being charged with trying to hide the weapons and disguising them as purchases by a North Carolina sheriff's office, according to the New York Times.

These charges are the latest in the scrutiny of the Blackwater operation since 2001.

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