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The mysterious saga of an Arizona arms dealer

Published: November 21, 2016
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THIS STORY, FULL OF SPOOKS AND POLITICAL MISDIRECTION, TWISTS THE MIND. THE CIA IS INVOLVED. ALSO BULGARIAN ARMS MANUFACTURERS, BENGHAZI TERRORISTS, LIBYAN REBELS AND U.S. POLITICAL OPERATIVES.

In March 1987, an Arizona State University sophomore named Marc Chapman slipped into Old Main, a historic building on the Tempe campus, and ripped off $10,000 worth of computer equipment.

Within months, according to court records, he was a convicted felon, stripped of civil rights and barred from possessing firearms.

Twenty-four years later, in March 2011, an international arms dealer named Marc D. Turi set up a $534 million deal to ship military weapons from Eastern Europe to rebel fighters in Libya’s civil war.

Within months, according to court records, federal agents swarmed over Turi’s Scottsdale residence and seized his computer. He was charged with violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act.

Seemingly unrelated incidents, but with a common denominator: The student and the arms merchant are just one person — a mysterious figure named Marc whose story contains all the elements of a spy novel.

Be advised that this saga, full of spooks and political misdirection, twists the mind. The CIA is involved. Also Bulgarian arms manufacturers, Benghazi terrorists, Libyan rebels and U.S. political operatives.

By the end, even Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump weave into a saga that had implications in America’s 2016 presidential election.

 

Early years of crime, college and a new identity

Marc Daniel Chapman’s early years are drawn from blurred Maricopa County Superior Court documents, now stored on reels of microfiche:

He was born in Hollywood, didn’t know his birth father, and became a victim of abuse by a stepdad around age 6.

He went to high school in Los Angeles, where he was captain of the track team.

Then he began getting into trouble with the law.

The first offense, in Southern California, involved credit-card fraud and forgery around 1986.

While on probation, Chapman enrolled at ASU and joined the ROTC. A year later, he stole the computer equipment. A roommate informed police, leading to a guilty plea.

According to a pre-sentence report, Chapman described the theft as an impulsive mistake. He still wanted to study Russian “and be of service to his country.” A probation officer opined that the defendant had “struggled for parental approval all his life, and rebelled when he did not get it.” A detective said Chapman had been influenced by pals — “a crowd of idiots.”

Chapman avoided a prison sentence. Within months, court records say, he violated probation, moved to Los Angeles, joined the Navy, went absent without leave, returned to Arizona, stole a car and ripped off some checks.

The new charges apparently were merged into his probation-revocation case. Chapman spent 24 days in jail. Then, somehow, he got intensive probation and was extradited to Beverly Hills, where another theft charge was pending.

In a Fox News interview years later, he would acknowledge making “very bad mistakes” as a young man, including a check forgery for $100,000. He also mentioned an “other than honorable” discharge from the Navy, adding, “I’ve been fighting ever since to get that honor back.”

ASU records from 1987 show Chapman, a computer engineering major, left school around the time of his conviction. University officials declined to say whether he was expelled.

Chapman subsequently changed his last name to Turi and obtained a new Social Security number.

Turi declined comment to The Arizona Republic on his early life except to say he had been adopted as a child, and reverted to his birth name in early adulthood.

Other answers unravel in a paper chase.

During 1992, Turi returned to Tempe and enrolled at ASU under the new identity. It is unclear whether university officials realized the new microbiology student had previously matriculated as Chapman.

He stayed four years, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1996, and then spent a semester in grad school.

For a long while, his problems with law enforcement were over.

The trail mostly vanishes for several years before a military merchant pops up.

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