Orlando, Florida -- A complaint from a person who bought a bogus bulletproof vest at a West Palm Beach gun show led to the arrest of three men who have been allegedly selling the counterfeit body armor throughout the state.
The customer alerted the armor's alleged manufacturer Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. who then deemed the armor a fake. The company contacted the FDLE and launched an investigation. Ballistic tests also conducted on the fake product determined it provided no ballistic protection.
On Sept. 11, the FDLE executed a search warrant at Alpha, Inc. on S. Cumberland Avenue and located counterfeit body armor from Point Blank, PACA (Protective Apparel Corporation of America), ABA (American Body Armor), Gall's, First Choice, and OM Tactical.
Agents also located additional body armor labeled as Full Dragon Armor which was determined to be a fictitious company. Evidence recovered during the search found the Full Dragon body armor to be substandard.
Agents arrested the owner, Scott Anderson, and his employees, Scott Williams and Arami Rodriguez, who investigators say also helped manufacture and sell the fake body armor.
"These suspects sold dangerous products to unsuspecting consumers raking in large profits for themselves," said FDLE Orlando Regional Operations Center Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks.
Anderson, 57, and Williams, 51, were booked into the Orange County Jail each on a $5,250 bond. Rodriguez, 36, will be held on a $10,250 bond but is currently in the custody of the US Marshals Service on unrelated federal charges.
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