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Unconscionable Choices

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against First Choice Armor and Equipment, a supplier of bulletproof vests for selling defective products to law enforcement and military customers. Apparently, the company's product uses a fiber material called "Zylon." Problem is that Zylon degrades, especially in hot and humid conditions.

According to the Government Executive article First Choice (also mistakenly referred to in the text as "Second" Choice), was alerted to the problem following testing by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in which all of the Zylon-based ballistic vests failed.

While the Company's position is that the claims are without merit, after learning of the NIJ testing, the Justice Department investigation alleges that its founder and president took $5 million of company funds and through shell companies, purchased expensive automobiles and a private jet.

All other judgments aside, these types of unconscionable actions by one company make it considerably more difficult for other companies that play by the rules to do business with the government.

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