WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A complaint about body armor sold at a West Palm Beach gun show led to a statewide investigation.
Investigators said that in August 2013, Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. received a customer complaint.
The customer indicated that he purchased Point Blank body armor at a gun show in West Palm Beach and thought the product was counterfeit.
Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. determined the armor was fake and contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The FDLE said that ballistic tests conducted on the bogus product determined it provided no ballistic protection.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Orlando Regional Operations Center alleges that the owner of Alpha Inc., Scott Anderson, 57, Ocoee, Fla., sold counterfeit body armor at gun shows across Florida.
Agents also said that Scott Williams, 51, Ocoee, Fla., and Arami Rodriguez, 36, Ocoee, Fla., worked for Anderson and assisted in the manufacturing and selling of the fake body armor.
The FDLE said that these suspects sold dangerous products to unsuspecting consumers, collecting large profits for themselves.
Investigators said that 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.
The case is being prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution.
The FDLE is telling customers that if you believe you may have purchased counterfeit body armor at a gun show in Florida, please contact the body armor manufacturer:
- Point Blank Enterprises Inc. (PACA, Paraclete, Protective Products) - 800-413-5155 or www.pointblankenterprises.com
- OMTactical - 888-781-6891 or www.omtactical.com
- Safariland (ABA, Second Chance, Protech Tactical) - 800-347-1200 or www.safariland.com
- Diamondback Tactical (First Choice Armor) - 800-882-7667 or www.diamondbacktactical.com