Rep. Slaughter on Indictment of Major Body Armor Producer

Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Chairwoman of the Rules Committee, has been a leading protection for our troops. Today Rep. Slaughter issues a statement on the indictment officials of body armor manufacturer Point Blank Solutions:

Rep. Slaughter Issues Statement on Indictment of Point Blank Officials

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (NY-28), Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, today responded to the news that David H. Brooks, founder and former CEO of Point Blank Solutions, a major body armor manufacturer, was indicted on a variety of financial impropriety charges.

“The tragedy of this all too familiar story of CEO greed and crime is that it was committed at the expense of our men and women in uniform whose lives depend on their body armor,” said Rep. Slaughter.

“This is not just criminal; it is abhorrent. We need real oversight of the billions of dollars we’ve spent on this war, including on the reckless contractors doing business in Iraq. Failure to fully account for this war will only result our soldiers continuing to pay the ultimate price,” continued Slaughter.

Last week, the United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York issued indictments for DHB Industries/Point Blank Solutions, Inc. founder and former CEO, David H. Brooks, and former Chief Operating Officer, Sandra Hatfield. Charges included insider trading, fraud, obstruction of justice, and tax evasion.

Point Blank is a leading manufacturer of body armor for the United States Military and has produced more than 1 million sets of Interceptor body armor. To date only two major publications, and the Wall Street Journal, have written about this egregious violation of public trust and scandal.

In January 2006, the New York Times reported on an internal Pentagon memo revealing that 80 percent of marines killed in Iraq due to upper body wounds could have survived if they had proper body armor. In addition, it was also reported that our troops were sent to Iraq without enough bulletproof vests necessary to safeguard their lives.

Consequently, Representative Slaughter asked the DoD Inspector General to review the procurement history for body and vehicle armor and determine if DoD officials followed proper contracting policies.

In July 2007, Congresswoman Slaughter’s office received the first report from the DoD Inspector General detailing the procurement history for Armored Vehicles. The Inspector General is expected to complete the second report focusing on the procurement of body armor by the US Military shortly, although it has been delayed.

Rep. Slaughter’s request to the Acting Inspector General can be found here.

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