WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – November 17, 2021) A Texas man has pleaded guilty to selling Chinese-made helmets and body armor to federal agencies of the U.S. government, the Department of Justice said.
“A man from Celeste, Texas pleaded guilty today to a wire fraud scheme involving the sale of military helmets, body armor and other products made in China to the United States Department of State and to other federal agencies while falsely claiming that his company manufactured the products in Texas, “the Department of Justice said in a statement Tuesday.
According to court documents, from June 2017 to December 2020, Tanner Jackson, 32, operated Top Body Armor and a related entity, Bullet Proof Armor in rural Texas and was the lowest bidder for contracts to supply helmets and helmets at the State Department. bulletproof vest, according to the press release.
“Jackson tampered with or falsified the ballistic lab test reports he provided to the government. On one occasion, after his products failed tests in a legitimate lab, Jackson set up his own fake ballistics lab – “Texas Ballistics” – and simply produced false reports giving themselves pass marks, “the statement added.
The equipment was used by staff guarding the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, but was withdrawn from service after concerns about its quality were revealed, the statement said. Jackson is due to be sentenced on Feb.22, 2022 and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, the statement said.