ORLANDO - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested three men they say were involved in a counterfeit ring that could get people killed.
Investigators allege that the owner of Alpha Inc., Scott Anderson, 57, Ocoee, sold counterfeit body armor at gun shows across Florida. They believe Scott Williams, 51, Ocoee, and Arami Rodriguez, 36, Ocoee worked for Anderson and assisted in the manufacturing and selling of 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.
The investigation began in August when Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. received a complaint from a customer. The customer said he purchased Point Blank body armor at a gun show in West Palm Beach that he thought was counterfeit. The manufacturer determined the armor was fake and contacted FDLE.
Ballistic tests determined the body armor provided no ballistic protection.
On September 11, FDLE executed a search warrant at Alpha, Inc. in Ocoee 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 found additional body armor labeled as Full Dragon Armor, Coloma, Michigan, which does not exist. The Full Dragon body armor also provided no ballistic protection.
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 US Marshals Service on unrelated federal charges.
If you believe you may have purchased counterfeit body armor at a gun show in Florida, contact the manufacturer.
Point Blank Enterprises Inc.
(PACA, Paraclete, Protective Products) - 800-413-5155
Diamondback Tactical (First Choice Armor) - 800-882-7667