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4 men from Philippines indicted in Pennsylvania gun scheme

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PITTSBURGH » Four men from the Philippines have been charged by a federal grand jury with conspiring with others in western Pennsylvania and other states to illegally ship military rifle parts and ammunition overseas.

The indictment unsealed Monday names 42-year-old James Almendral, who was arrested last week in San Francisco, and three men who remain in the Philippines: 40-year-old Frederico Aglipay, 53-year-old Roger Kabigting, and 43-year-old James Tan Lee.

The men were first indicted in 2009 before a superseding indictment was brought in November, also under seal. The documents charge the men with conspiring to buy the M-16 and M-4 rifle components from a business in Illinois, then conspiring with others in Pennsylvania, Texas and California to ship them labeled as automotive parts to the Philippines.

Online court records don’t list defense attorneys and don’t explain why the weapons were shipped.

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