Three men who manufactured and then sold phony body armor at gun shows in Florida have been arrested, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Orlando Regional Operations Center.
According to ballistics tests done on the fake armor, the jackets offered no ballistics protection.
So, if someone purchased one of these suckers and then wore it and got shot, they'd be screwed.
Authorities say the owner of Alpha Inc., Scott Anderson, 57, sold the counterfeit body armor at gun shows across Florida. Agents also arrested Scott Williams, 51, and Arami Rodriguez, 36, according to an FDLE news release.
The men are accused of manufacturing and selling of the fake body armor. All three are from Florida.
Agents became aware of the scam after a customer bought the body armor from Point Blank Enterprises at a gun show in West Palm Beach. Luckily, the customer didn't notice the armor was fake the hard way by getting shot. He actually noticed just by the look and feel of it. The customer then told the folks at Point Blank, who then notified FDLE.
Agents began investigating the suspects in August.
In its investigation, the FDLE found more body armored labeled "Full Dragon Armor," which, in hindsight, sounds pretty fake.
Turns out, despite the supercool name, Full Dragon Armor was a fake company.
"These suspects sold dangerous products to unsuspecting consumers, raking in large profits for themselves," said Danny Banks, FDLE Orlando Regional Operations Center special agent in charge.
Anderson and Williams were booked into the Orange County Jail each on a $5,250 bond. Rodriguez will be held on a $10,250 bond but is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on unrelated federal charges.
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