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Armor Holdings, Inc.
Defective Zylon Body Armor Vests (False Claims Act)
Date: 10/07/2008 (Date of Announcement)
Misconduct Type: Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency: Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party: Multiple Agencies
Court Type: Civil
Synopsis: Armor Holdings Products LLC (now a subsidiary of BAE Systems) will pay the United States $30 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly making and selling defective bulletproof vests containing a material called Zylon to law enforcement agencies. Armor Holdings allegedly had information showing that Zylon degrades quickly over time and would thus render vests made with the material unfit for use.