After receiving a complaint in August 2013 regarding the sales of phony ballistic vests, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) initiated an investigation. On September 11, 2013 FDLE agents arrested three men in collusion and charged each with operating a business manufacturing and marketing counterfeit ballistic vests.
Scott Anderson, 57, Scott Williams, 51, and Arami Rodriguez, 36, all of Ocoee, Fla., were arrested after FDLE agents served a search warrant at their business location. Under he business name Alpha, Inc., the three sold phony ballistic vests at gun shows throughout Florida. Moreover, the FDLE contends that the three men manufactured the counterfeit ballistic vests from their business location in Ocoee.
Both Williams and Rodriguez are listed as employees of Anderson's business, Alpha, Inc.
The initial complaint came from a company operated under the name Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. which received a customer complaint regarding suspicions of a fake ballistic vest a consumer purchased and realized was counterfeit. The Point Blank Enterprises customer's complaint was facilitated by Point Blank to the FDLE's Orlando Regional office.
After FDLE agents conducted ballistic tests substantiating the consumer's claims that the vest provided no protection, it organized its investigation and served a search warrant operation at Alpha, Inc. premises on September 11, 2013. Within the business were found substandard properties consistent with materials utilized to fabricate ballistic vests.
Some of the ballistic vest manufacturing industry's top company brands were discovered in the Alpha, Inc. premises; counterfeit vests with name-brand tags such as PACA (Protective Apparel Corporation of America), Gall's, American Body Armor (ABA), OM Tactical, and First Choice Armor were seized.
In addition, ballistic vests with a brand name of Full Dragon Armor, allegedly operated out of Coloma, Mich., was determined to be a fictitious company with a nonexistent address.
Anderson, Williams and Rodriguez were arrested and transported to the Orange County jail in Orlando, Fla., each charged with one count of Organized Scheme to Defraud and one count of Counterfeit Body Armor. Florida's special Office of Statewide Prosecution is processing the case.
In the event any consumer feels he/she has purchased a possibly counterfeit ballistic vest, FDLE agents recommend calling any of the aforementioned brand names pertaining to the respective attached brand-name tag.
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