BALTIMORE — In a story March 8 about a former police officer who sold body armor, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the body armor was falsely classified by the National Institute of Justice. In fact, the former officer lied when he claimed the body armor had the NIJ’s certification.
A corrected version of the story is below:
A former police officer has been sentenced to a year in prison for making false claims about body armor he sold to law enforcement, military and defense clients.
A release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland says 41-year-old Marco DeCamillo was sentenced Thursday to prison time, three years’ supervised release and $124,000 in restitution on a charge of mail fraud Thursday.
According to the plea agreement, the Reading, Pennsylvania, man owned a business called Mad Dragon Tactical that sold tactical gear, including $169,000 worth of body armor that he falsely claimed was certified by the National Institute of Justice, which conducts ballistic testing.
Authorities said DeCamillo used his status as a West Reading police officer to sell it to clients who were relying on his representations of product quality and safety.